Herniated Disc Treatment From Spine Specialists Serving Monroe Township, NJ
A herniated disc may require treatment if it presses on a spinal nerve root. An irritated or compressed nerve can cause pain, numbness, tingling sensations, or muscle weakness. Depending on the location of the affected nerve, these symptoms can affect your neck or back, or radiate down one of your arms or legs. If you are experiencing herniated disc symptoms, a physician at Spine Care New Jersey near Monroe Township, NJ, can perform a physical examination, review some imaging studies, confirm your diagnosis, and then recommend an appropriate treatment plan.
How is a herniated disc treated?
If a herniated disc does not touch any nerves, it may not require treatment – or even cause any discomfort at all. When treatment is required, the approach recommended will depend on a number of factors, including the site of the damage and the severity of the symptoms. Oftentimes, the condition will improve on its own over the course of several weeks. In the meantime, we may recommend conservative herniated disc treatment to manage mild-to-moderate discomfort. Some options include:
- A few days of rest
- Therapeutic exercise
- Postural improvement
- A heating pad or ice pack applied to the painful area
- Over-the-counter pain relievers or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) taken as needed
- Prescription medications, such as muscle relaxants, epidural steroid injections, or root sleeve blocks
In many cases, herniated disc symptoms resolve without surgical treatment. For this reason, we generally advise our patients to try all appropriate nonsurgical therapies, and to give those treatments sufficient time to work (which can sometimes take up to three months), before exploring any type of surgery.
Usually, herniated disc surgery is considered only as a last resort for addressing severe or debilitating symptoms. If you’ve reached this point, our board-certified, fellowship-trained spine surgeons might recommend a discectomy, spinal fusion, facetectomy, laminectomy, or laminotomy, to help you find meaningful relief.
Spine Care New Jersey was specifically established to provide individuals and referring physicians in the Monroe Township, NJ, area, with convenient access to a center of excellence for spinal conditions. If you’d like to learn more about our herniated disc treatment options, contact us to schedule a consultation today.