Disc relief may seem impossible when you’re burdened with all of the painful symptoms that accompany a degenerative disc condition. Luckily, there is a variety of conservative and surgical treatments that can help reduce these symptoms so you can get back to your normal lifestyle.
The first step to finding this disc relief is to consult your doctor about the cause of your disc pain and the symptoms you are experiencing. Once you confirm the source of your pain, you can work together to create a treatment plan that fits your needs.
Understanding disc pain
Nerve compression is the main reason why conditions like herniated discs, bulging discs and degenerative disc disease can be so painful. These conditions involve a disc that is pressing beyond its designated space within the spine, possibly pinching a nerve root in the spinal canal. When a nerve root is pinched, a series of painful symptoms can develop, such as:
- Local or radiating pain
- Limited mobility
- Muscle weakness
- Burning sensation
By understanding the cause of your disc pain, you and your doctor can begin to form a treatment plan to help you get closer to disc relief.
Methods for disc pain relief
For many patients, disc relief can be achieved through medication, exercise, chiropractic care and other conservative treatment options. These treatments can include a combination of the following doctor-recommended, nonsurgical therapies for disc pain:
- Chiropractic care
- Pain medication
- Physical therapy
- Stretching and yoga
- Weight loss
- Low-impact exercises
- Corticosteroid injections
The goal for disc relief is to reduce the pressure on the pinched nerve and stop the pain signals from traveling to other areas of the body. If this cannot be accomplished after several months of conservative treatment, spine surgery for disc relief may be recommended.
At Laser Spine Institute, we have several procedures used to help decompress pinched nerves, including our minimally invasive discectomy. During this spinal disc surgery, a small portion of the damaged disc is removed to help relieve pressure on the pinched nerve in the spinal canal. This type of disc relief is minimally invasive and performed on an outpatient basis, greatly reducing the risk of infection associated with traditional open spine surgery in a hospital. Because the incision made during our minimally invasive spine surgery is so small, the risk of muscle tearing or disruption is reduced, and recovery time is much shorter^ compared to traditional open spine surgery.
If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute for a no-cost MRI review.*