Alternative treatments for a torn disc

A torn disc is a common degenerative spine condition that is also known as a ruptured, herniated or slipped disc. If you have experienced — or know someone who has experienced — a torn disc, you know how much pain and discomfort this spinal condition can cause. You can encounter numbness, tingling, spasms and muscle weakness in the neck, back and extremities. These uncomfortable symptoms lead many to seek treatment from a physician. It’s important to know about the full range of treatment options, including alternative treatments, so you and your doctor can develop a care plan with the best chance of helping you find lasting relief.

What is a torn disc?

Since each disc in the spine is subject to a great deal of wear and tear, the tough exterior layer is susceptible to developing a crack or tear. People between the ages of 30 and 50 are especially prone to a disc tear, since discs tend to dry out and shrink over time. Traumatic injury can also cause a disc to tear and may occur as the result of a car accident, athletic injury or any other sudden impact. A torn disc can become quite painful when inner disc material seeps through the tear, enters into the spinal canal and compresses a spinal nerve.

How is a torn disc treated?

Most physicians begin treatment for a torn disc through conservative means, including over-the-counter pain medications, lifestyle changes, physical therapy and intermittent rest. Many patients choose to supplement these treatments with alternative therapies. Though some of these approaches are still outside the medical mainstream, there are a large number of patients who reported finding meaningful relief from the following methods:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Massage therapy
  • Herbal supplements
  • Yoga
  • Pilates

It’s always necessary to discuss a treatment option with your physician before starting any of these approaches.

If conservative and alternative treatments have not brought you the desired return to a good quality of life after weeks or months, a physician may recommend spine surgery. In order to avoid a hospital stay and lengthy recovery, you may want to consider the minimally invasive outpatient procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute. At Laser Spine Institute, we have developed safe and effective alternatives to open back surgery through both our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures. To date more than 75,000 patients have received pain relief from our procedures, making us the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery.

If you have not found adequate relief for your torn disc symptoms from conservative and alternative treatments, contact us today to learn how our state-of-the-art procedures can be used to treat your torn disc.