Herniated Disc Treatments
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What Are The Treatments For Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc, also known as a slipped disc or ruptured disc, occurs when the soft inner material of a spinal disc protrudes through the tough outer layer. The treatment for a herniated disc depends on the severity of symptoms and the individual’s overall health. Here are some common treatment options:
- Rest: Taking a break from activities that worsen the symptoms and avoiding heavy lifting or strenuous exercises.
- Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. In some cases, stronger prescription medications or muscle relaxants may be prescribed.
- Physical Therapy: Specific exercises and stretches can help strengthen the back, improve flexibility, and alleviate pressure on the affected disc.
- Heat and Cold Therapy: Applying heat or cold packs to the affected area can help reduce pain and inflammation.
- Epidural Steroid Injections: Corticosteroid injections into the space around the affected nerve can provide temporary relief by reducing inflammation.
- Discectomy: In cases where conservative treatments fail to provide relief, a discectomy may be performed. It involves removing the portion of the herniated disc that is pressing on the spinal nerves.
- Microdiscectomy: This minimally invasive surgical procedure uses a small incision and specialized instruments to remove the herniated portion of the disc.
- Laminectomy: In some cases, a laminectomy may be necessary to create more space for the spinal nerves by removing a small portion of the vertebrae or the entire lamina.
It’s important to note that not all herniated discs require surgery, and most cases can be managed effectively with conservative treatments. The choice of treatment depends on various factors, including the severity of symptoms, the impact on daily life, and the recommendations of healthcare professionals. Consulting with a qualified healthcare provider is essential for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.