Treatments for Herniated Disc
We want to ease your discomfort as soon as possible. Often your care team starts with a combined treatment plan of heat or ice, medicine and physical therapy. Our goal is to improve your function and mobility so you can stay active to avoid stiffness in the muscles surrounding your back pain. If pain persists for four to six weeks, your doctor may suggest surgery.
Spectrum Health orthopedic specialists are among the best. We offer the most advanced treatment options available. We treat lumbar and cervical herniated disc injuries every day. Together, we'll develop the right treatment plan for you. Learn how we'll improve your comfort with the treatments below.
Treatments We Provide
Back Cervical Laminectomy
In this procedure, your doctor removes the disc from the back of the neck. The advantage to the back approach, compared to the front, is that the discs don't need to be fused.
Epidural Steroid Injection
An epidural steroid injection is a powerful combination of steroid and anti-inflammatory medicine injected directly in the spine. The full effect of pain relief can take up to two weeks to feel.
Front Cervical Decompression (Discectomy) Surgery
This procedure removes the disc from the front of the neck. The area is usually fused to keep the remaining area open.
Lower Back Laminectomy
Also known as decompression surgery, your surgeon removes the back part of your vertebra. This relieves pressure in the nerves and spinal cord within the lower back.
Lumbar Microdecompression Surgery
This is a second form of lumbar decompression surgery. It removes the herniated portion of the lower back disc. Commonly, this surgery is performed to treat pain from sciatica, which is leg pain caused by a herniated disc.
By taking a series of images using magnetic resonance imaging (or a simple X-ray in some cases), your orthopedic doctor can see the exact location and the extent of any damage.
A physical therapist can teach you special exercises that strengthen nearby muscles and ease stress on connecting tendons and ligaments.
When dealing with back and neck pain, it’s important to start with conservative care, such as physical therapy. Spectrum Health has a Spine and Pain Management Center dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of back pain.