Slipped disc treatment options

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with a slipped disc, getting treatment to relieve pain and get you back to normal activity should be a priority. Discomfort from a slipped disc, which is also called a herniated or ruptured disc, is most often due to disc material putting pressure on a spinal nerve. Nerve compression can cause mild to severe pain, numbness, weakness and tingling that travels into the arms or legs, depending on the location of the affected disc in your neck or back.

Many patients diagnosed with this condition are able to find lasting relief without the need for surgery. By learning about effective slipped disc treatments, you can help your doctor develop a care plan that offers you a better chance of getting back to the life you deserve.

Conservative treatments for a slipped disc

It is possible for a slipped disc to heal on its own, which is one of the reasons why surgery is usually seen as a last resort. Your doctor may first recommend a number of conservative slipped disc treatment methods to relieve discomfort you may be experiencing in your neck, back or extremities. Some of the most commonly recommended conservative therapies include:

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Opioid pain medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Posture improvement
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Hot and cold compression therapy

Alternative treatments

You may also decide to explore more holistic slipped disc treatment options. While the effectiveness of these methods is debated among mainstream medical professionals, some patients report finding relief from alternative therapies such as:

  • Massage
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Herbal therapy

Before attempting any new treatment method, it is important to consult with your doctor to make sure it would be compatible with your existing treatment.

When to consider surgery

Your doctor may only recommend surgical slipped disc treatment in the event that conservative and/or alternative methods have not improved symptoms after several weeks or months. Traditional open spine surgery is a highly invasive process, involving hospitalization and a long recovery period. If you have been recommended for surgery but have concerns about the risks and difficulties involved, reach out to Laser Spine Institute. The minimally invasive spine surgery performed by our board-certified surgeons+ offers an outpatient experience with less risk of complication than traditional open neck or back procedures.

Contact Laser Spine Institute today for a no-cost MRI review* that can help you determine if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.