How to find herniated disc relief

Herniated disc pain can be debilitating, making simple movements like bending over to tie your shoes or lifting groceries almost impossible. For many people, herniated disc pain develops slowly as a disc in the spine (often in the lower back) begins to deteriorate due to excess weight and repetitive motions.

As this happens, the disc may herniate outward, pressing into a local nerve root and causing severe symptoms of pain and discomfort. If you’ve been experiencing these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor to talk about some available treatment options for herniated disc relief, such as the conservative and surgical treatments described below.

Conservative treatments for herniated disc relief

Herniated disc relief can often be achieved through nonsurgical methods. Conservative herniated disc relief treatments should help to reduce your pain and symptoms through two approaches — strengthening the surrounding core muscles to relieve pressure on the spine and blocking the pain receptors in the pinched nerve from sending pain signals to the brain.

After reviewing your condition and making a herniated disc diagnosis, your doctor can recommend a series of conservative treatments that fit your needs and lifestyle. The most common conservative treatments for herniated disc relief include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic work
  • Stretching exercises
  • Yoga and Pilates
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Corticosteroid injections

These methods may not work for everyone. If the discomfort of a herniated disc continues or even worsens after several weeks or months of conservative treatment, you may be recommended for spine surgery. If this is the case for you, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about the advantages of choosing a minimally invasive procedure over a traditional open neck or back surgery.

Minimally invasive herniated disc surgery

The minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery that allows our patients to experience shorter recovery times with a lower risk of complication.^ This is because our procedures are performed through a small incision to spare the muscles surrounding the spine.

To treat a herniated disc, we offer a minimally invasive discectomy surgery. This procedure is used to remove a small portion of the damaged disc that is compressing the nerve root and causing your pain. The incision used is less than 1-inch long and the procedure is performed in one of our outpatient surgery centers, allowing you to return to your hotel within hours after surgery.^

Find out if you are a candidate for one of our herniated disc procedures by reaching out to Laser Spine Institute today and asking for a free MRI review.* Let us help you take the next step toward pain relief.