Herniated disc — conservative treatments for herniated disc

A herniated disc occurs when a disc in the spine is compressed between two vertebrae, causing the outer shell of the disc to crack and the inner fluid of the disc to leak into the spinal canal. Patients who suffer from a herniated disc may experience chronic pain in the lower back or neck portion of the spine. This local pain may be accompanied by radiating pain in one or more of the extremities, depending on the location and severity of the herniated disc.

If you suspect that you have a herniated disc, you should schedule a consultation with your physician to discuss your symptoms. Your physician will likely have you undergo an MRI test or CT scan to determine the cause of your pain and the treatment options available to you. Most mild cases of herniated disc can be treated with conservative therapies. Patients are often 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 Care 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

Patients with mild herniated discs can often find relief from conservative treatments and therapies. Often, if the core muscles surrounding the spine are strengthened and the spine is elongated, the pressure on the impacted disc is relieved and the pain is reduced. The most common forms of conservative treatment for a herniated disc include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Yoga
  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Herbal remedies
  • Physical therapy
  • Pain medication
  • Steroid injection
  • TENS treatment

Some conservative treatments can be combined to increase your pain relief. Consult your physician to create a treatment regimen that fit your needs and lifestyle. Do not attempt to combine pain relief therapies without consulting a licensed medical professional.

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 offer 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, your physician may recommend either our minimally invasive decompression surgery or minimally invasive stabilization surgery.

For more information on the minimally invasive treatments we offer, please contact our Care Team. 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.

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