The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care
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What to Do about a Herniated Disc

Herniated discs can cause significant, chronic back pain that can make performing your usual activities difficult. Your spine specialist in New Jersey can use several different treatment approaches for your herniated disc. The right one for you will depend on the severity of your symptoms. If you’re suffering from the pain of a herniated disc, here is a look at your treatment options.

Conservative Treatment

Usually, your spine specialist will recommend conservative herniated disc treatment approaches to start. These include rest, physical therapy, ice and heat, spinal manipulation, pain medications, and epidural injections. Most patients require the use of multiple conservative treatments to get pain relief and usually find the best combination after a process of trial and error. Conservative treatments are most effective during the first six weeks of pain.

Surgical Treatment

When conservative herniated disc treatment is not effective, or if it initially relieves your symptoms but then they return, surgery may be necessary. Microdiscectomy is a type of minimally invasive spine surgery in which the portion of the disc that is pressing on the nerve is removed. This relieves the pressure on the nerves that is causing pain and allows the nerves to heal. In some cases, a spinal fusion is also performed to fill the space where the disc was removed. Your spine surgeon will determine which procedure is right for you based on the location of your herniated disc. Although surgery is not generally the first line of treatment for herniated discs, some patients require early surgical treatment if the herniated disc is causing worsening leg weakness or loss of bladder or bowel control.

You don’t have to accept the discomfort of a herniated disc. Make an appointment at The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care and find out how our spine specialist can help you get the relief you need. Learn more about out services by calling (887) 854-8274.

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