Can You Treat a Slipped Disc?

Slipped Discs and Treatment

Slipped disc treatment options fall into two main categories: conservative and surgical. Doctors recommend that patients try conservative methods before considering surgery. Slipped disc symptoms typically result from spinal nerve compression, which can give rise to neck pain, back pain, and radiating pain, tingling, numbness and/or muscle weakness in the extremities. 

Following the diagnosis, doctors generally will suggest a brief period of rest to allow any inflammation to subside. A specialist may recommend treatment based on individual factors like the severity of the condition, age, and overall state of health. The following overview is intended to help you make an informed decision about your treatment, especially if you are trying to decide if surgery may be the best course of action for you.

Conservative Treatment 

Conservative slipped disc treatment options are prescribed to help manage pain while patients are simultaneously taking steps to improve spine health, flexibility, and the strength of supporting muscles. A slipped disc, which is a common nonmedical term often used to describe a herniated disc, can improve itself over time in some cases. In the interim, typical conservative treatments include.

  • Nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Prescription or over-the-counter pain medication
  • Exercise to strengthen supporting muscles
  • Gentle stretching to increase flexibility
  • Lifestyle changes like weight management, quitting smoking or improving posture
  • Physical therapy
  • Hot/cold therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections

Some slipped disc patients might also turn to alternative treatment methods, such as chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture. Your doctor might recommend surgery if chronic symptoms persist after several weeks or months of conservative treatment.

When to Consider Surgery

There are two main approaches to spine surgery for the treatment of disc conditions: traditional open neck or back procedures and minimally invasive procedures. BEST Health System provides minimally invasive spine surgery as a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or back procedures, offering our patients less risk of complication and no lengthy recovery.

Surgical intervention may be necessary if conservative efforts are ineffective. Through the use of modern technology, surgeons are now able to complete these procedures without the need for large incisions. BEST Health System is the industry leader in minimally invasive care. Even compared to other minimally invasive surgical providers, BEST is setting the blueprint. Contact our team to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services. Put an end to your back pain now and for all.