Herniated disc options for relief

If you suspect your neck or back pain might be the result of a herniated disc, a condition where discs between the vertebrae or bones push out of the disc space and into the spinal cord, it is important to see your doctor as soon as possible. A symptomatic herniated disc may heal on its own through a process known as resorption, but chronic pain, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness caused by nerve compression should not be ignored.

The first thing your doctor will do is ask a series of diagnostic questions related to the severity, origin and duration of your symptoms. If a diagnosis of nerve compression is made, you’ll likely begin treatment with a variety of conservative methods. To learn about the options available for relief, read the following article.

Conservative treatment for symptoms associated with a herniated disc

A wide range of nonsurgical treatment options is available for herniated disc patients, including:

  • Pain medication
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Neck or back braces
  • Physical therapy
  • Low-impact exercises
  • Hot and/or cold compresses
  • Massage therapy
  • Epidural steroids
  • Chiropractic visits
  • Acupuncture

Surgery is usually the last resort for treating symptoms associated with nerve compression caused by a herniated disc. A doctor typically will exhaust all conservative options before recommending that a patient explore surgery as an option. This is because traditional open back surgery is highly invasive and can take six months to a year for recuperation. Therefore, this method is only used if your symptoms do not improve or worsen after several weeks or months of conservative care.

Minimally invasive alternative to traditional herniated disc surgery

At Laser Spine Institute, thousands of patients each year have found relief from our minimally invasive spine surgery without the risks of highly invasive traditional open spine surgery. Our procedures offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional procedures, as well as a lower risk of complication and a shorter recovery period.^ Contact Laser Spine Institute to learn how one of our minimally invasive procedures can help you find meaningful relief from neck and back pain.

To treat a herniated disc, our board-certified+ surgeons will use a small incision and muscle-sparing techniques to remove the source of compression that is causing your symptoms, thereby providing you with lasting relief. To find out if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient herniated disc surgery, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a free MRI review.* We can help you reclaim your life from this condition.

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