HNP alternative treatments
HNP, or herniated nucleus pulposus, is another term for a herniated disc — a disc in the spine that has developed a tear in the tough outer layer and leaked inner disc fluid into the spinal canal.
Many people who experience symptoms associated with a herniated nucleus pulposus (HNP) turn to alternative treatments for relief if mainstream treatment methods do not provide lasting relief. Often, patients with HNP are able to effectively reduce the pain and symptoms of the condition through a series of nonsurgical treatments that include pain medication and physical therapy/yoga. The purpose of alternative treatments is to reduce pressure on the damaged disc in the spine by lengthening and strengthening the spine without surgery.
At Laser Spine Institute, we understand that you want to research all possible alternative treatments before resorting to spine surgery. That is why we are here to help you find the right conservative treatment for your needs so you can combat your herniated disc and get back to the active lifestyle you enjoy.
Types of HNP alternative treatments
If mainstream conservative treatments such as pain medicine, physical therapy, exercise, stretching and others prove ineffective, it may be worth your while to explore other, lesser-known HNP alternative treatments. The National Center for Complementary and Integrated Health defines alternative medicine as products or medical systems that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. These alternative treatments include:
- Alternative medical systems — Ayurveda (ancient Indian medicine), traditional Chinese medicine, naturopathy
- Mind-body interventions — Biofeedback, cognitive behavioral therapy
- Biologically based therapies — Herbal supplements, homeopathy, pain patches
- Manipulative and body-based methods — Acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, yoga
- Energy therapies — Magnets, ultrasound, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
The minimally invasive alternative for HNP treatment
If an HNP continues to produce chronic symptoms despite conventional and alternative treatments, a physician may suggest surgery as an option. Rather than settle for highly invasive, risky open back surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about our minimally invasive procedures.
Our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedure relieves the pain of HNP by simply removing the herniated disc and replacing it with an artificial disc. Unlike traditional open back fusion that detaches the core muscles and then fuses together the spine with a metal cage and rods, our minimally invasive procedure does not disrupt the surrounding muscles and provides more natural flexibility after recovery due to the artificial disc in place of metal rods.
For more information about our safer, effective alternative to traditional spine surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute and ask for a review of your MRI or CT scan to see if you’re a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.