Treatment options for a torn disc

There are a number of treatments available for a torn spinal disc — also known as a ruptured or herniated disc. When evaluating torn disc treatment options, it’s important to keep in mind the nature of the condition and what each treatment can do. The spine’s discs typically become more brittle as part of the natural aging process. As a result, small tears can develop in a disc’s hard outer wall.

Sometimes, some of a disc’s gel-like center can leak out through a tear and into the spinal canal. At this point, the herniated disc material can compress a nerve root or even the spinal cord itself. The tears themselves cannot be repaired, but treatment is available to help address the resulting symptoms, such as the conservative and surgical treatments described in the following article.

Conservative torn disc treatment

When first starting torn disc treatment, people are usually advised to begin with conservative treatments. Doctors often recommend various medications for pain and inflammation as well as at-home stretching exercises, sessions with a physical therapist and lifestyle modifications, such as weight loss, if applicable. For many people, these therapies can adequately alleviate torn disc symptoms.

When used as part of a comprehensive torn disc treatment plan, complementary therapies can also be beneficial. Options such as yoga, aromatherapy, acupuncture and massage therapy can help relieve pain and otherwise benefit individuals with torn discs.

Surgical torn disc treatment

Although the majority of people who experience a torn disc do not require surgical treatment, there are some cases where surgery is necessary. For instance, if symptoms do not respond to a variety of conservative treatments or get progressively worse with time, surgery might become an option. If this is the case for you, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about the minimally invasive procedures we offer, which are safer and effective alternatives to traditional open neck or back surgery.^

At Laser Spine Institute, our minimally invasive procedures have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. Our patients are actually encouraged to be up and walking within a few hours of surgery.^ To learn more, reach out to our dedicated team today. We can provide you with an MRI review at no cost* to help you determine if you’re a candidate for our outpatient procedures.