Medications are an extremely common option for treating collapsed discs. Patients may consider over-the-counter medications from their local drugstore, or they may seek a prescription from their physician. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, narcotic painkillers, and even antidepressants can all be an effective part of a collapsed disc treatment plan.
Along with medications, patients can also explore other conservative therapies, including:
- Corticosteroid injections
- Heat and/or ice therapy
- Exercise and physical therapy
- Therapeutic massage
However, if conservative methods fail to provide adequate symptom relief, patients may consider discussing their situation with a surgeon. An orthopaedic surgeon or a non-surgeon can suggest a procedure that has the potential to provide notable long-term benefits.