What herniated disc treatments can help to relieve severe pain?
Experiencing a herniated disc is a common occurrence for people as they grow older since the spine is likely to sustain damage as a result of constant repetitive motion. That is why it is important to learn about this degenerative condition, as well as the treatments available to relieve your severe pain and discomfort, should you begin to experience chronic neck or back pain.
How a herniated disc occurs
The discs in our spine serve as shock absorbers and wear out through repetitive use. This is made worse because the discs dry out due to declining circulation as we age. Eventually, these discs can lose their height and elasticity, leading them to bulge and sometimes rupture, leaking into other areas of the spinal canal.
As the spinal components are arranged in such proximity to each other, the gel-like center of a disc can put pressure on a nerve root or the spinal cord, causing pain, tingling, numbness or weakness throughout the body, depending on the area affected. If you are experiencing these debilitating symptoms, it is important to consult a doctor to develop a treatment regimen that best fits your needs.
How to treat a herniated disc
Generally, a herniated disc is first treated using conservative therapies, such as resting, exercising and stretching, as prescribed by a doctor. In addition, patients may require pain medications and anti-inflammatory drugs to help withstand the symptoms they experience. When several weeks or months of these treatments have led to no noticeable long-term relief, surgery might be recommended.
For people who are considering surgery to find relief, the procedures they are recommended vary depending on where and how the spine is affected by the herniated disc. In many of these surgical procedures, patients have the choice of either highly invasive open spine surgery or selecting minimally invasive spine surgery, such as the procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute.
Minimally invasive herniated disc surgery
At Laser Spine Institute, our procedures use a small incision and muscle-sparing techniques, resulting in shorter recovery times and lower risks of complication.^ For patients with advanced herniated disc issues, we offer a minimally invasive stabilization procedure that is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^
As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, about 60 percent of our patients travel more than 300 miles to receive the compassionate environment they deserve and patient-centered care we offer through our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures. Contact us today with any questions or concerns about how our procedures can potentially treat your herniated disc.
Through a free MRI review* of your spine, we can determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our outpatient procedures.