Herniated disc pain relief
The symptoms and pain associated with a herniated disc often originate when the damaged disc presses against a local nerve root in the spinal canal. Because a pinched nerve is often the cause of the symptoms, herniated disc pain relief can be experienced when the herniated disc is removed from the pinched nerve.
This can be achieved in several ways through nonsurgical and surgical methods. The first steps toward herniated disc pain relief are understanding how this condition develops and talking with your doctor about the treatment options available to you.
Development of herniated disc pain
A herniated disc is usually the result of spinal injury and aging. As we age, the discs that connect the vertebrae become dry, weak and vulnerable to damage. This may cause inner disc material to press against the disc wall, causing the disc to protrude beyond its normal perimeter (bulging disc); the disc wall can also tear and leak its inner fluid into the spinal canal. A disc that has broken open is a herniated disc.
When a herniated disc develops, the surrounding nerve roots can be pinched by disc material, which can cause nerves to send distress signals (pain) to certain parts of the body. Compressed nerves also can fail in their ability to send signals, which results in feelings like numbness, tingling and muscle weakness.
Conservative treatments for herniated disc pain relief
Once your doctor confirms that your pain and symptoms are caused by a herniated disc, you can discuss some conservative treatments that may help relieve the pressure on the pinched nerve in your spine.
Many doctors will recommend one or more of the most common conservative treatments for herniated disc pain relief, such as:
- Limited rest
- Pain medication
- Physical therapy
- Weight loss
- Chiropractic care
- Corticosteroid injections
These methods of treatment will help relieve pressure on the damaged disc so it can begin to heal through the natural resorption process. However, if several months of continued therapy have passed and you are still suffering from chronic pain, your doctor may recommend spine surgery to help you find herniated disc pain relief.
Spine surgery for herniated disc pain relief
If you’ve been recommended for spine surgery for a herniated disc, consult the spine specialists at Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive spine surgery holds many advantages as an alternative to traditional open neck or back surgery.
To date, our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain.
If you would like more information about our minimally invasive procedures for herniated disc pain relief, contact Laser Spine Institute. We offer a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.