Paralysis caused by herniated discs

A herniated disc describes a tear forming in the disc’s wall, causing the gel-like center of the disc to bulge into the spinal column. When the nerves become inflamed or pinched, symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling and weakness can commonly develop. However, if you do not seek treatment for your symptoms and permanent nerve damage occurs as a result of too much pressure, then paralysis can develop. To avoid the likelihood of this occurring, read the following article for various treatments you can perform to relieve your condition.

Conservative treatments for herniated discs

If you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc, it is important to consult your doctor to determine a treatment regimen that fits your specific needs. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, the following treatments may be recommended to allow the body to heal on its own:

  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Chiropractic visits
  • Physical therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Epidural steroids

Surgical treatments for herniated discs

If your symptoms do not improve after several weeks or months, or your condition worsens, surgical intervention may then become necessary. At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive spine surgery to help treat herniated disc symptoms before the condition leads to paralysis. Our procedures offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery with a shorter recovery and lower risk of complication.^ If you have any questions or concerns regarding our outpatient surgery, contact us today.

Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. Our highly skilled surgeons are able to use a small incision that is muscle-sparing to remove the herniated portion of the disc, thereby freeing up the pinched nerve and providing you with lasting relief from your symptoms. To find out if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive herniated disc surgery, reach out to our dedicated team and ask for a free MRI review.*

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