Can you relieve prolapsed disc pain without surgery?

There are many potential paths to prolapsed disc pain relief — some involve surgery and others do not. There’s no “right” or “wrong” approach. As long as you’re getting input from an experienced physician and carefully following your recovery guidelines, you can feel confident that you’re on the right track.

One thing you’ll want to keep in mind is that the process of finding an effective treatment plan can take a bit of trial and error. Some treatments can provide near-immediate relief, but the effects aren’t always long-lasting. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, for example, can provide relief shortly after they are taken, but the effects will likely wear off within a few hours. Meanwhile, other treatments such as physical therapy can take several weeks (or even several months) to produce noticeable results, but can be beneficial for long-term recovery. As you work toward achieving prolapsed disc pain relief, you may need to explore several treatment combinations to find the one that’s right for you.

Relieving prolapsed disc symptoms without surgery

Many people find that they are able to achieve adequate symptom control through conservative (nonsurgical) treatment methods. You may wish to explore options such as:

  • Medications
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Lifestyle changes, such as weight loss (if applicable)
  • Exercise
  • Physical therapy

You may also find that complementary and alternative therapies, such as herbal supplements, yoga and acupuncture, are also effective ways to relieve your prolapsed disc symptoms.

Surgical prolapsed disc treatment

You’ll likely be advised to try nonsurgical treatments for a minimum of two months. If, by the end of this time, you’ve made some progress but haven’t found a consistently effective treatment method, you may want to spend a bit more time exploring your nonsurgical options. Surgery is not necessary in every situation, and it’s best not to rush into this type of advanced treatment.

That said, some people ultimately need surgery to achieve an adequate level of prolapsed disc pain relief. If you’re at the point where you’re wondering if surgery is necessary, you can contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about the benefits of our minimally invasive outpatient procedures. We’ll review your MRI at no cost* to help you find out if you’re a candidate for our muscle-sparing treatment options.