Even though many people can manage their collapsed disc symptoms without surgery, there are still some situations in which an operation is the best option. But, if you’ve never been down that road before, it can be difficult to know when it’s time to see a surgeon.
Conservative collapsed disc treatment
In general, you should focus on nonsurgical treatment for at least six to eight weeks. You could also spend a bit more time on nonsurgical options if you haven’t tried them all by the end of this initial period. With a variety of therapies to choose from, including over-the-counter and prescription medications, exercises, physical therapy and single or consecutive epidural spinal injections, you can spend quite a while exploring nonsurgical options for pain relief.
That said, three signs that it might be time to think about your surgical options include:
- Finding that you can’t focus on work or school because of chronic back pain
- Missing out on activities with loved ones because of physical limitations
- Being unable to handle basic tasks, such as driving and grocery shopping, that you could previously do with ease
What you need to know about collapsed disc surgery
When it comes down to it, the decision to undergo collapsed disc surgery is a personal one. Some people prefer to postpone it as long as possible, while others are more comfortable moving forward once they conclude that nonsurgical treatments aren’t working.
If you’re weighing the pros and cons of surgical treatment, you may want to consider the minimally invasive surgeries performed at USA Spine Care. Our outpatient procedures have shorter recovery times and lower complication rates than open back operations, making them a safer and effective alternative.^ We can help you find out if you are a candidate for collapsed disc surgery at USA Spine Care with a free MRI review.* For more information, contact us today.
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