How to treat a torn disc

If you’re wondering how to treat a torn disc, you may be experiencing the pain, tingling, spasms, muscle weakness, numbness and discomfort that are often associated with this spinal condition. Many patients are often able to alleviate these symptoms through conservative and alternative treatments.

Conservative treatments for torn discs

Once a physician has diagnosed a patient with a torn disc, he or she will typically prescribe a conservative treatment regimen. This may include one or more of the following:

  • Pain medications (either prescription or over-the-counter)
  • Hot and/or cold therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Intermittent rest
  • Moderate exercise
  • Epidural steroid injections

It is important to note that these treatments should only be followed under the supervision of a physician. If not done properly, exercise may cause further injury to the neck or back. Pain medications may interact with other drugs, which can cause very serious complications.

Alternative treatments for torn discs

Some patients may also find relief from alternative treatments such as herbal supplements, acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractics, yoga and Pilates. Often, patients choose to follow these treatments in conjunction with the conservative therapies prescribed by their physicians, while others choose to utilize alternative methods as primary treatments.

What to do first

If you suspect that you may have a torn disc, be sure to visit your primary care physician. Your physician will be able to properly diagnose your condition and determine the best course of treatment for you and your particular needs.