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Exploring Non-Surgical Options for Treating Herniated Discs

Exploring Non-Surgical Options for Treating Herniated Discs
Exploring Non-Surgical Options for Treating Herniated Discs

Imagine the spine as the body's scaffolding, a column of bones cushioned by discs. When one of these discs herniates, it can press on nerves, causing pain that radiates and disrupts life's flow. But surgery isn't the only path to relief. Let's explore the non-surgical routes that lead to comfort and recovery.

Understanding Herniated Discs

A herniated disc, often referred to as a slipped or ruptured disc, occurs when the disc's soft center pushes through a crack in its exterior. Symptoms can range from arm or leg pain to numbness, tingling, or weakness. The good news? Many cases don't require surgery. According to a research study, 90% of patients with lumbar disc herniation obtained good outcomes with nonsurgical treatment.1

The Non-Surgical Toolkit for Herniated Discs

  • Physical Therapy: Strengthening the back and core muscles through physical therapy can stabilize the spine and alleviate pressure on the herniated disc.
  • Medications: Anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, and pain relievers can reduce pain and inflammation, providing much-needed relief.
  • Epidural Steroid Injections: These injections can help decrease inflammation around the affected nerves.
  • Lifestyle Adjustments: Weight management and ergonomic practices can prevent further strain on the spine.
  • Alternative Therapies: Acupuncture and chiropractic care offer additional avenues for managing pain and promoting healing.

Journey to Recovery

The road to recovery doesn't always lead to the operating room. With a combination of rest, medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes, many find their way back to a normal routine and activity lifestyle. It's a journey of patience, persistence, and non-surgical strategies that can restore the rhythm of daily living.

At NJOI we pride ourselves on offering our patients the most advanced, least invasive treatment options available. Make an appointment today to obtain an accurate diagnosis and treatment recommendation for your back pain.

J. Everett Kooch, D.O., is a Board Certified Spine Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, specializing in spinal care at the New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute. Dr. Kooch treats a wide range of patients, including elite athletes, industrial athletes with work-related injuries, and weekend warriors.



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