Herniated disc — guidelines to herniated disc treatments
If you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc, you are likely searching for a treatment option to help relieve your neck or back pain. Depending on the location and severity of your herniated disc, there are several treatment options available to you. Most mild herniated discs will respond effectively to conservative methods of treatment, such as physical therapy or pain medication. We generally recommend that patients try conservative therapies as their first step of treatment, though each patient is different and you should consult your physician before trying any means of treatment for your spine condition.
As you begin to research the treatment options available to treat a herniated disc in the spine, we encourage you to read through our research articles about herniated disc treatments and consult our Care Team for more information. Our goal is to educate you about your spine condition and the treatments available to you so you can make an informed decision about your health care needs.
Conservative treatment options for a herniated disc
Typically, the first step to find pain relief caused by a herniated disc is to seek conservative treatment. There are several conservative treatment options for a herniated disc, so you should consult your physician to find the right treatment for your needs and your lifestyle.
In general, most herniated disc patients are advised to begin with six to eight weeks of nonsurgical treatment, such as pain and anti-inflammatory medications, massage, chiropractic care, gentle stretching, low-impact exercises and physical therapy. Many conservative treatments can be combined, so work with your physician to create a treatment regimen to alleviate your pain.
After six to eight weeks of conservative therapy, evaluate the pain and symptoms you experience from your herniated disc. If you find that your pain is gradually reducing, you may consider continuing with your conservative treatments. However, if you have found little to no lasting pain relief, you may want to consider a surgical treatment option to treat your herniated disc.
Minimally invasive surgery to treat a herniated disc
For patients considering surgery to treat a herniated disc, we encourage you to research all surgical options before choosing the best treatment plan for your needs. The two main surgical options to treat a herniated disc are traditional open back surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery.
At Laser Spine Institute, our minimally invasive spine surgery offers a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery. Unlike a traditional open back surgery that requires a large incision across the back, our minimally invasive spine surgery is performed through a small, 1-inch incision.
If you are searching for surgical options to treat your herniated disc, please contact our Care Team about the treatments available to you.