Six herniated nucleus pulposus surgery alternatives

A herniated nucleus pulposus, also called a herniated disc, is a condition in which a disc in the spine weakens and tears, allowing its soft inner material to leak out. When this material comes in contact with a nearby spinal nerve, symptoms of pain, numbness, or tingling may result. If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to consult a physician for a diagnosis and to discuss treatment options.

Nonsurgical treatment options for a herniated nucleus pulposus

After confirming that a herniated nucleus pulposus is the cause of your neck or back pain, your physician will likely recommend a combination of conservative treatments that aim to relieve your symptoms. Six commonly recommended treatments include:

  1. Swimming, walking and other low-impact exercises
  2. Physical therapy
  3. Stretching techniques
  4. Hot and cold compresses
  5. Pain medications with anti-inflammatory properties
  6. Corticosteroid injections

In addition to these treatment methods, some patients choose to explore alternative therapies. These may include chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture, and energy therapies. Although there is no general consensus within the medical community regarding the effectiveness of these alternative therapies, some patients have found them helpful in alleviating their symptoms.

Treatment at Laser Spine Institute

In cases where conservative treatments are not providing adequate relief, it may be necessary to consider herniated nucleus pulposus surgery. The minimally invasive spine surgery available at Laser Spine Institute offers an alternative to more invasive open spine surgery. Our surgeons are highly experienced in using the latest minimally invasive techniques, which include smaller incisions to preserve more muscle and healthy tissue than traditional open surgery. More than 75,000 patients have found relief from pain thanks to the minimally invasive procedures our surgeons have performed.

If you’re interested in the minimally invasive surgery at Laser Spine Institute to treat a herniated nucleus pulposus or other spinal conditions, contact us today. We can provide you with a no-cost MRI review* to help determine if you’re a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.

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