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Herniated disc treatment guidelines

If you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc, you are likely searching for a treatment option to help relieve your neck or back pain. Depending on the location and severity of your herniated disc, there are several treatment options available to you. Most mild herniated discs will respond effectively to conservative methods of treatment, such as physical therapy or pain medication.

We generally recommend that patients try conservative therapies as their first method of treatment, although each patient is different. That is why you should consult your physician prior to trying any means of treatment for your spine condition, as certain forms of treatment can cause your condition to worsen.

As you begin to research the treatment options available for a herniated disc in the spine, we encourage you to read through our research articles about herniated disc treatments and contact USA Spine Care for more information. Our goal is to educate you about your spine condition and the treatments available to you so you can make an informed decision about your health care needs.

Conservative treatment options for a herniated disc

There are several conservative treatment options for a herniated disc, such as pain and anti-inflammatory medications, massage, chiropractic care, gentle stretching, low-impact exercises and physical therapy. Many conservative treatments can be combined, so work with your physician to create a treatment regimen to that is best for your condition.

After several weeks or months of conservative therapy, evaluate the pain and symptoms you experience from your herniated disc. If you find that your pain is gradually reducing, you may consider continuing with your conservative treatments. However, if you have found little to no lasting pain relief, you may want to consider a surgical treatment option for your herniated disc.

Minimally invasive surgery to treat a herniated disc

For patients considering surgery to treat a herniated disc, we encourage you to research all surgical options before choosing the best treatment plan for you. The two main surgical options to treat a herniated disc are traditional open spine surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery. At USA Spine Care, we offer minimally invasive spine surgery that is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.^

Unlike traditional open back surgery, which requires a 6- to 8-inch incision, our minimally invasive spine surgery is performed through a small incision that does not unnecessarily disrupt the muscles or ligaments surrounding the spine. Our highly skilled surgeons are able to use these muscle-sparing techniques to remove part or all of the damaged disc. To find out if you are a potential candidate for our herniated disc surgery, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a free MRI review.*

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