Conservative treatments for a herniated disc
A herniated disc occurs when inner material from a spinal disc pushes through a tear in the outer layer. Patients who suffer from a herniated disc may experience chronic pain in the lower back or neck depending on the location of the disc. This local pain may be accompanied by radiating symptoms, like shooting pains and tingling, in the upper or lower extremities.
If you suspect that you have a herniated disc, you should schedule a consultation with your doctor to discuss your symptoms. He or she can perform a physical examination, review your medical history and have you undergo an MRI or CT scan to determine the cause of your pain and the treatment options available to you. Patients are typically recommended to try conservative treatment to relieve the pain associated with a herniated disc before considering any surgical treatment options.
As you continue to research treatment options for your herniated disc, feel free to reach out to our caring team for more information about the conservative and surgical treatments available for herniated discs. We are here to help inform you about your condition so you can make the best decision for your needs.
Conservative treatment options for herniated discs
The goal of initial conservative treatments is to help a patient manage pain, improve range of motion and take steps to improve the overall health of the spine. The most common forms of conservative treatment for a herniated disc include:
- Chiropractic manipulation
- Herbal remedies
- Physical therapy
- Pain medication
- Epidural steroid injections
- TENS treatment
- Nutritional counseling
- Posture improvement
Some conservative treatments can be combined to increase your pain relief. Consult your doctor to create a treatment plan that fits your needs and lifestyle.
Minimally invasive surgery for herniated disc
If you have sought conservative treatment for your herniated disc and found no lasting pain relief, you may want to consider a surgical treatment option. At Laser Spine Institute, we provide minimally invasive spine surgery as a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.^ Depending on the location and severity of your herniated disc, we may recommend a minimally invasive decompression surgery or minimally invasive stabilization surgery.
For more information on the minimally invasive treatments we offer, please contact us today. We are here to guide you through your journey to find pain relief from your herniated disc so you can get back to the life you enjoy.
If you’d like to find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures, ask for your free MRI review.*