Don’t allow a herniated disc to negatively impact your quality of life. There are several treatment options available that can help you reduce your discomfort, improve your mobility, and help you get back to the activities you enjoy. Let’s take a look at some of the most common herniated disc treatment options.
Stretching and low-impact exercise
Participating in physical activity while dealing with back pain may seem counterintuitive, but too much rest can actually make you feel worse. By implementing a daily regimen of gentle stretching and low-impact exercises like walking in comfortable shoes or swimming, you can help elongate and strengthen the muscles that support the spine and promote proper spinal alignment.
Many people use alternating hot/cold therapy as at-home herniated disc treatment. Placing a heating pad on a sore area can soothe tensed muscles and improve circulation, while using an ice pack can help numb pain and reduce inflammation.
Physical therapy is one of the most common and effective forms of herniated disc treatment. Facilitated by a physical therapist, this treatment uses strategic exercises and noninvasive techniques to improve range of motion, encourage proper spinal alignment, and relieve any nerve compression caused by disc herniation.
If prior treatments don’t relieve your symptoms, you may be a candidate for epidural injections to help reduce inflammation and nerve irritation.
Surgical herniated disc treatment is not common. However, it may be a viable option if conservative methods prove ineffective. Surgery may be performed to repair the herniated disc or remove pressure on the spinal cord or surrounding nerves.
Orthopaedic Specialists provides a full spectrum of conservative and surgical herniated disc treatment in the Greater Pittsburgh Region. If you’d like to learn more about our approach to orthopedic care or schedule an appointment with a board-certified physician on our team, contact us today.