Prolapsed disc treatment options
A prolapsed disc can cause several painful symptoms and disrupt your daily life. Muscle weakness, muscle spasms, localized pain, radiating pain, pins-and-needles sensations, numbness and tingling can all be caused by a prolapsed disc if the disc compresses a nearby nerve root. A prolapsed disc occurs when the tough outer layer of a spinal disc ruptures or tears and the soft, gel-like inner layer seeps out into the spinal canal. A prolapsed disc is also referred to as a herniated disc, a slipped disc or a ruptured disc.
Conservative prolapsed disc treatment
For most people suffering from painful symptoms caused by a prolapsed disc, a combination of conservative treatment options can successfully manage symptoms and allow you to return to your everyday life. Conservative prolapsed disc treatment includes:
- Rest. In some cases, all the body needs is rest to heal itself. Rest the affected area, avoid heavy lifting and any activity that aggravates your symptoms. Make sure that you remain physically active enough to avoid a decline in your overall health.
- Heat and ice therapy. Alternating between heat therapy and ice therapy can help to reduce pain, swelling and inflammation and help with the healing process.
- Physical therapy, stretching and exercise. A physical therapist can teach you specific stretches, exercises and positioning that can help to alleviate prolapsed disc symptoms. Exercise is important to avoid additional damage to the spine or loss of mobility. Low-impact activities such as swimming, walking, the elliptical trainer or a stationary bike are all activities that don’t put unnecessary strain on the spine.
- Pain medication. Over-the-counter pain medication can help to relieve swelling and reduce pain. Your physician may also prescribe additional medication to help manage painful symptoms caused by a prolapsed disc.
- Lifestyle modification. There are several lifestyle modifications that you can make to help relieve prolapsed disc symptoms. Quitting smoking, reducing alcohol intake, losing excess weight and avoiding high-impact and contact activities can all help to manage prolapsed disc symptoms and lead to better overall health.
If after a few months of conservative treatment, prolapsed disc symptoms are still interfering with your everyday life, discuss surgical prolapsed disc treatment with your physician.
Surgical prolapsed disc treatment
At Laser Spine Institute we have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from neck and back pain. Our minimally invasive spine surgery uses a less than 1-inch incision and has a lower infection rate and shorter recovery period when compared to traditional open spine surgery.
Depending on the location of your prolapsed disc, your overall health and the symptoms you have been experiencing, one of our highly skilled surgeons will recommend one or more of our minimally invasive procedures to help relieve your prolapsed disc symptoms:
- Anterior cervical discectomy fusion
- Cervical disc replacement
- Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion
- Lateral lumbar interbody fusion
Contact Laser Spine Institute today to find out more about prolapsed disc treatment and to see if you are a candidate for one of the minimally invasive procedures we perform at our Tampa location.