Learning about herniated disc treatment options

If you are suffering from a herniated disc, you are likely focused on the treatment options available for pain relief.

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

Conservative and alternative treatments

Many physicians 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
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Some patients find that supplementing their prescribed treatment regimen with alternative therapies proves more effective for pain relief. While not standard practices of 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 physician 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. An open spine discectomy (removal of part of or the entire herniated disc) is a highly invasive surgery that often involves large incisions, muscle tearing and scar tissue, and a lengthy and difficult recovery.

However, a discectomy can also be performed as a minimally invasive spine surgery, like the procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute. Our highly skilled surgeons remove 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 over traditional open spine surgery because it involves a smaller incision, a shorter recovery time^ and a lower risk of complication and infection.

We offer a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive procedures so you can begin to restore your life from chronic back pain.

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