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herniated disc treatment

Non-Surgical Herniated Disc Treatment Options

Relief of pain and other symptoms of a herniated disc are the primary motivating factors for patients seeking herniated disc treatment. To achieve pain relief and get rid of other problems related to a problem disc, a comprehensive treatment plan should be developed with a qualified practitioner. A chiropractor can determine the source of the pain, its severity and which symptoms are attributable to that source. This professional can also use experience to determine first steps in non-surgical care.

Non-surgical treatment is always the best thought process, when first seeking help for a problem disc. Spine surgery may become the desired method of resolution later, but it is important to try to alleviate pain and other issues without resorting to surgery unless or until that is necessary.

That said, there are some patients who may be directed to surgery right away. For them, surgery will likely be the best solution. Those with nerve damage causing weakness or numbness in arms and legs are sometimes good candidates for early surgical intervention. Neurological progression may be stopped and nerves can recover from nerve root pinching if these problems are quickly resolved through surgery. Surgery often provides help before permanent damage can be done to the fragile spine.Dr. Amidror of Spinous offers chiropractic and spinal decompression therapy, including herniated disc treatment. Conveniently located in New Rochelle, Spinous serves clients in Westchester County, Fairfield and the Bronx.

Non-Surgical Treatments

After a course of about four to six weeks of treatment, patients with lumbar and cervical herniated discs can experience reduced pain and discomfort as part of an effective care plan. There may be some initial therapeutic trial and error in order to find the best non-surgical options. Manipulation or physical therapy can be combined with pain treatment if needed, instead of choosing one treatment over the other. Patients can also be provided with better perspective regarding physical mechanics, such as how to properly lift heavy items or carry themselves to prevent additional wear on their delicate discs.

After an initial four to six weeks of conservative, non-surgical treatment, the patient can work with the chiropractor to determine if the treatment is working. If it is proving beneficial, that herniated disc treatment may continue. Of course, treatment plans can be altered and other therapeutic means may be integrated or substituted on the plan. If all else is failing, surgery may then become a more viable option.

Typical Inclusions of Non-Surgical Herniated Disc Treatment

For the first six weeks of pain and discomfort, many patients benefit from non-surgical treatment including chiropractic care. A comprehensive non-surgical treatment plan may include:
  • Physical therapy with exercise and gentle stretching
  • Hot and cold therapy for pain alleviation
  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Non-steroid NSAID medication, such as ibuprofen, naproxen or COX-2
  • Narcotic pain medications
  • Oral steroids to reduce inflammation
  • Epidural injections for inflammation and pain reduction
As soon as a patient becomes aware of a back problem, they should seek chiropractic advice to determine first steps toward reducing pain and swelling. A chiropractor understands the nature of this type of injury and that each herniated disc is different. Each patient requires unique treatment a part of individualized care. Chiropractors can also make recommendations regarding next steps, other providers and additional treatments.

While initial pain and discomfort can fog the desire to try various methods of care, working with providers who specialize in spinal treatment can ensure the right combination of help can be more quickly determined. Avoiding having surgery too soon is just as important as having it too late. With a little effort put into finding the right course of action, many patients will not require any surgery for effective herniated disc treatment.
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