Learning about herniated disc treatment options

If you are suffering from symptoms related to a herniated disc, you are likely focused on treatment that can help you find lasting pain relief.

There are a wide variety of herniated disc treatment options available and often patients find they have to try different combinations of therapies before finding one that is effective. While surgery is one treatment option, it is typically reserved as a last resort and considered only after several months of nonsurgical treatments have been attempted without success or in rare emergency cases.

Conservative and alternative treatments

Many doctors will first recommend conservative treatments to help relieve the symptoms of a herniated disc, such as:

  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Hot/cold compresses
  • Low-impact exercise
  • Gentle stretching
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Some patients find that supplementing their prescribed treatment plan with alternative therapies proves more effective for pain relief. While not fully accepted by the modern mainstream medical community, the following alternative treatments may be options for you:

  • Yoga
  • Acupressure
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Biofeedback

Before attempting any of these treatments, it’s always important to consult your doctor to prevent worsening your condition.

Herniated disc surgery as a last resort

As previously stated, herniated disc surgery is often only considered after a variety of conservative herniated disc treatments have been attempted but symptoms are still debilitating.

There are different types of surgeries aimed at relieving the symptoms of nerve compression caused by a herniated disc, but a common procedure is called a discectomy, which involves removal of part or all of a spinal disc. Performed as a traditional open spine procedure, this is a highly invasive surgery that involves a large incision, overnight hospitalization and a lengthy recovery.

However a discectomy can also be performed as a minimally invasive spine surgery. At Laser Spine Institute, our highly skilled surgeons perform this procedure by removing a portion of a herniated or bulging disc that is pressing on a nerve root or the spinal cord. For many patients, this type of decompression procedure is preferable to traditional open spine surgery because it involves a smaller incision, a shorter recovery time and a lower risk of complication and infection.^ If you’d like to learn more, contact our team today.

We offer a free MRI review* to determine if you may be a candidate for our minimally invasive procedures.

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