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What can be done for disc extrusion pain relief?

There are several ways to address pain caused by a spinal disc extrusion (herniated disc). The resulting discomfort, which can range in intensity from mild to severe, can take the form of neck or back pain, tingling sensations, numbness or muscle weakness in your arms or legs. Because a different approach may be required to address each of these issues, disc extrusion treatment is not a “one-size-fits-all” proposition. Instead, the best way to achieve the relief you need is to work with a physician who can consider both “the forest and the trees” when creating an individualized treatment plan for you.

Treatment options for an extruded disc

Unless your symptoms are very severe or debilitating, your physician will likely suggest that you try conservative disc extrusion treatment for a minimum of several weeks before exploring your surgical options. Keep in mind that it can take some trial and error to find the most effective treatment plan for an extruded disc. During that time, it will be important for you to stay focused and not become discouraged. Giving up too easily could potentially lead to an unnecessary surgery, which you would probably prefer to avoid.

There are several nonsurgical approaches to disc extrusion treatment, and many can be combined to produce more effective results. Some options include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching
  • Low-impact exercises, such as walking and swimming
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Pain relievers
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Epidural steroid injections

When is surgery appropriate for treating an extruded disc?

If nonsurgical disc extrusion treatment does not provide adequate relief within approximately 12 weeks, it may be time to consider a surgical procedure. Surgery can address your symptoms at their source by decompressing the spinal nerve that is being pressured by your damaged disc.

If you’d like to learn about surgical treatment for your disc extrusion, contact USA Spine Care to request a free MRI review.* We can help you determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive outpatient surgery.

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