A collapsed disc is a condition that is degenerative in nature and causes a disc in the spine to lose its height or shape. As a result, in mild cases back pain develops associated with activities such as bending, lifting or twisting. If the collapsed disc becomes more severe and compresses a nerve root or spinal cord, then debilitating symptoms can develop such as numbness, weakness and debilitating pain in the back and legs caused by sciatica. Through the information provided in the following article, you can learn how to relieve your symptoms and restore the lost height and stability back to the spine.
Collapsed disc conservative therapy
Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your doctor will likely recommend nonsurgical treatments to relieve the symptoms associated with a collapsed disc. This may include:
- Pain medications
- Muscle relaxants
- Range of motion exercises
- Physical Therapy
- Chiropractic manipulation
- Heat massage
- Cortisone injections
If your symptoms persist despite several weeks or months of conservative treatment, then surgical intervention may become an option.
Restoring collapsed discs through surgical intervention
In the event that you have been recommended for surgery for a collapsed disc but have doubts regarding the risks involved with traditional open back surgery, there are other options available to restore your disc height and stability. For instance, the minimally invasive spine surgery performed at USA Spine Care is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or back surgery.^
We have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. Our procedures use a small incision that spares the muscle and ligaments near the spine, allowing our patients to be up and walking within a few hours after surgery.^ Contact us if you have any questions or concerns about our outpatient procedures.
Through a no-cost MRI review* of your spine, we can evaluate your condition to see if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive collapsed disc procedures.
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