Herniated disc treatments and recovery time for healing

A common concern for many patients when deciding the right treatment for their herniated disc is how long the recovery time will last. If the chronic, sometimes debilitating pain caused by your herniated disc has kept you away from life for too long, you may be concerned that the recovery period following treatment will make you sit on the sidelines of life even longer.

At Laser Spine Institute, we understand your concern about recovery times. Our dedicated team is here to share the nonsurgical and surgical treatment options available to you so you can make an informed decision about the treatment that will work best with your needs and lifestyle. If you have any questions during your research for herniated disc treatments, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Conservative treatments and recovery time for a herniated disc

The first step to finding relief from a herniated disc is typically to undergo conservative nonsurgical treatments. The goal of this type of treatment is to help a patient manage symptoms while taking steps to improve the overall health of the spine. There are several types of conservative therapies for a herniated disc, the most common include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Water therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Yoga and stretching
  • Exercises
  • Hot and cold compresses
  • Acupuncture

While conservative treatments do not typically have a recovery time, physicians generally recommend that you try conservative therapy for six to eight weeks for an accurate measure of how effective this treatment is at reducing your pain. If you are not finding lasting pain relief after this time period, you may want to consult your doctor about the next step in finding treatment for a herniated disc.

Surgical treatment and recovery time for a herniated disc

If you have been recommended to undergo surgery for your herniated disc, there are a range of options for surgical treatment: traditional open back surgery and minimally invasive surgery.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer an outpatient alternative to traditional open back surgery.^ Our minimally invasive spine surgery is performed through the use of muscle-sparing techniques that allow for a less than 1-inch incision. This results in less risk of complication and a shorter recovery time compared to traditional open spine surgery.^

For more information about treatment options and recovery times, please reach out to our dedicated team today. You can ask for a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.

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