Treatment-Herniated Disc

Treatment-Herniated Disc can be confusing.

The primary goal of treatment is to relieve pain. There are many different ways to relieve pain for a herniated disc. Each patient will have an

Treatment-Herniated Disc

Treatment-Herniated Disc

individualized treatment plan. This will be determined by the source of their pain. It will also be determined by the severity of their pain. Specific symptoms may also determine the treatment plan a patient will undergo. There are both surgical and non-surgical methods for treatment of herniated discs. It is generally advised to start with non-surgical treatment.

Medications  Treatment-Herniated Disc

Pain from a herniated disc can come on suddenly. The pain is caused by two issues. The first issue is by the nerve being pinched. The second issue is inflammation from the disc itself. There is a quick way to relieve pain. The use of certain medication can help reduce inflammation. Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, Advil and Motrin will help reduce inflammation. This will allow some pressure to be removed from the nerve. In addition to anti-inflammatory drugs, painkillers may also be used. Pain killers are only used on a temporary basis. In certain cases, muscle relaxers may also be used.

Conservative Treatment-Herniated Disc

Conservative treatments are non-surgical methods to treat herniated discs. There is usually a trial and error method to find the right treatment. Patients may find only one treatment works for them. Some patients may find a combination of treatments works better for them. Pain relief medications may be used in addition to tolerate other forms of treatment. It may be beneficial to modify activity as well. For example, avoid heavy lifting.

Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Treatment

Conservative treatments may include chiropractic manipulation and/or physical therapy.  Chiropractic manipulation can help relieve symptoms of herniated disc. A chiropractor will have to do a full exam and consultation. This will determine the proper treatment. The treatment plan will be individualized for the patient’s needs. Along with spinal manipulation, chiropractors may add exercises or therapy. Physical therapy stretches will help relieve pressure on the nerve. Physical therapy will also help strengthen muscles around your spine. This will help with the pain.

Surgical Treatment

There are surgical options to treat herniated discs. Surgery is recommended if conservative treatments did not work. This usually takes about 4 to 6 weeks. If there is no relief from conservative treatment, surgery may help.  The type of surgery will depend on where the herniated disc is located. Lumbar decompression surgery will help with lower back pain. This will help relieve nerve compression from a herniated disc. This is a minimally invasive surgery. Cervical compression surgery will relieve pain in the neck from a herniated disc. In this surgery the disc is removed and the disc space is fused together.


Treatment for a herniated disc can be difficult. Each patient can portray different symptoms. A treatment that relieves pain for one person may not for someone else. For example, one person may need physical therapy and chiropractic care. Another person may only need chiropractic care. It is important to talk to a doctor. This will help avoid having surgery to early or too late.

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