Herniated Disc Treatment
What are the treatment options for a herniated disc?
When you suffer a herniated disc, your treatment options vary. In 90 percent of patients, a herniated disc will heal completely without need for surgery. However, a few patients will need to undergo surgery to repair their injuries.
What can I expect from nonsurgical herniated disc treatment options?
Nonsurgical treatment for a herniated disc may include:
- Pain management or anti-inflammatory medication
- Physical therapy exercises
- Alternating ice and heat
Most herniated disc patients will see dramatic results within four to six weeks with some combination of nonsurgical treatments.
What can I expect from herniated disc physical therapy?
Herniated disc physical therapy may include some or all of the following:
- Strength exercises
- Pain minimizing exercises
- Alternating heat and ice
- Electrical stimulation
You may also learn exercises to perform at home to keep your back strong and prevent future re-injury.
What can I expect from herniated disc surgery?
For the 10 percent of people who don’t respond well to nonsurgical treatment, herniated disc surgery is the next treatment option. You may need surgery if:
- Conservative treatment hasn’t improved your symptoms after six weeks
- You’re having trouble performing basic activities like walking and standing
- You have nerve pain or numbness that worsens over time
There are various types of herniated disc surgery. In some cases, the protruding portion of the disc is removed. However, there are rare occasions in which the entire disc must be removed, and the doctor must insert an implant in the space between the vertebrae.
What is the recovery time for a herniated disc?
About half of all nonsurgical herniated disc patients recover completely within the first month. 90 percent will recover without surgery within six months. Many people who undergo surgery are able to return to regular activities within a few weeks, although you may need physical therapy in some cases.
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