Treatments for a better slipped disc recovery

Pain related to a slipped disc can put your life on hold, taking you away from friends, family or simple things like working in the yard. If you’ve been diagnosed with a slipped disc, you can be glad to know recovery is possible. There are effective treatment methods that can bring relief from symptoms of a slipped disc. Your physician can talk to you about your best treatment options based on your age, physical condition and the severity of your slipped disc symptoms.

Common treatment options

Slipped disc treatment usually begins conservatively, with many at-home methods. More involved treatments can be attempted, depending on your response to initial therapies. Some examples of slipped disc treatments include:

  • Intermittent periods of rest — The first step in slipped disc recovery is to avoid activities that aggravate symptoms.
  • Exercise — Strengthening the body takes pressure off the spine, so your physician may recommend exercises to strengthen and stretch core muscles.
  • Over-the-counter medication — Anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medications help relieve pressure and reduce pain.
  • Ice and heat applications — Ice and heat therapy relaxes the muscles and reduces swelling.
  • Prescription medication — Patients with more severe slipped disc symptoms may consider prescription pain medication or muscle relaxers, but these drugs can have negative side effects.
  • Steroid injections — Administered directly into the site of nerve compression, steroid injections can reduce inflammation and take pressure off nerves for periods of time.

Other slipped disc recovery options include physical therapy, massage, chiropractic care and alternative treatments like acupuncture or acupressure. It’s important to keep in mind that while many of these therapies provide temporary relief of symptoms, they cannot permanently cure a slipped or ruptured disc.

Surgery for slipped disc recovery

In the event a conservative slipped disc recovery plan does not bring relief from pain and limited mobility, slipped disc surgery may be the next step. Traditional open back surgery involves a large incision that severs important supporting muscles, leading to overnight hospitalization followed by a long, often painful, recovery time.

If you are considering surgery, but are concerned about some of the risks and difficulties that come along with a traditional procedure, reach out to Laser Spine Institute. Our surgeons specialize in minimally invasive procedures that shorten recovery time^ for patients by using a small incision to access the spine, sparing important muscles. If you’d like to learn if you’re a candidate for our state-of-the-art procedures, contact our Care Team today for a no-cost MRI review.*