What nonsurgical treatments can a spine doctor recommend?

If you have been diagnosed with a degenerative spine condition as the source of your chronic neck or back pain, you should learn about the various treatment options that are available to you. There is a wide range of nonsurgical treatments that can be used to manage the symptoms caused by conditions like a herniated disc, spinal arthritis or spinal stenosis.

However, before you begin following your treatment plan, it is important that you first understand the goal of treatment and also that you have the right expectations and mindset. The following information can help you work more closely with your spine doctor as you seek lasting relief.

Where symptoms develop

Degenerative spine conditions are not necessarily painful. Instead chronic pain, numbness and tingling in the extremities and other similar symptoms typically only arise when the condition results in the compression or irritation of a spinal nerve. Other discomfort may occur when spinal arthritis leads to inflamed, aching joints or when a herniated disc causes the tiny nerves in the disc’s surface to become irritated and painful.

Treatment options recommended by spine doctors

In most cases, treatment for the symptoms caused by nerve irritation or compression is first attempted using a combination of nonsurgical techniques, including:

  • The use of over-the-counter or prescription pain medication, muscle relaxers or anti-inflammatories
  • Low-impact exercise and stretching techniques
  • Hot or cold therapy
  • Limited rest
  • Lifestyle adjustments

However, in the event that several weeks or months of nonsurgical treatment fails to deliver the results you expect, your Orlando, Florida, spine doctor might recommend you consider spine surgery. As you consider your options, reach out to the caring and dedicated team at Laser Spine Institute.

We perform minimally invasive spine surgery at outpatient centers across the United States, including our state-of-the-art center in Tampa. Our team of orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from neck or back pain since 2005.

We’re happy to offer a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.