Treatment for a collapsed disc typically involves a combination of conservative, non-surgical therapies like oral medication, spinal injections and physical therapy. In more advanced cases, surgery might be warranted. Patients are often instructed to focus exclusively on conservative treatments for the first few months, as these may adequately keep symptoms under control. However, if symptoms persist, surgical intervention might become an option.
Conservative treatments for a collapsed disc
Medications are an extremely common option for treating collapsed discs. Patients may consider over-the-counter medications from their local drugstore, or they may seek a prescription from their physician. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, narcotic painkillers and even antidepressants can all be an effective part of a collapsed disc treatment plan.
Along with medications, patients can also explore other conservative therapies, including:
- Corticosteroid injections
- Heat and/or ice therapy
- Exercise and physical therapy
- Therapeutic massage
However, if conservative methods fail to provide adequate symptom relief, patients may consider discussing their situation with a surgeon. An orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon can suggest a procedure that has the potential to provide notable long-term benefits.
Surgical treatments for a collapsed disc
At one point, surgical treatment always involved open neck or open back surgery, such as a traditional laminectomy, discectomy or spinal fusion. However, minimally invasive procedures are now available, and some patients may turn to these techniques as an effective alternative. Typically, minimally invasive surgeries have shorter recovery times^ and lower complication rates, and are performed on an outpatient basis. These factors make them attractive options, although patients must meet certain criteria to be selected as a candidate.
At USA Spine Care, we can help you determine which collapsed disc treatments would be best for your specific situation. If you’d like to schedule an initial consultation to learn more about minimally invasive surgical treatment for a collapsed disc, contact us today.