Herniated spinal discs can cause a lot of pain in the back, neck, legs, and throughout the body. Many people think that herniated discs need to be treated surgically, but there are numerous non-surgical treatments that can be just as effective. In this pain management education article, we are going to walk through some non-surgical pain management options for herniated discs in the spine.
What is a Herniated Disc?
Between each of the vertebrae in the spine, there are spinal discs that act as cushions between the bones and help facilitate movement in the spine. Sometimes, due to acute injury or degenerative conditions, these spinal discs can herniate and bulge out of place. The resulting symptoms can include:
- Pain in the back, neck, legs, or buttocks
- Tingling or numbing in the back or extremities
- Bladder control issues
These symptoms may start appearing after an acute injury (such as a car accident), or as the result of degenerative (arthritic) conditions as the body breaks down over time. Either way, herniated discs should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.
Non-Surgical Treatments for Herniated Discs
Though there are surgical options for treating herniated discs (such as spine fusion surgery), surgical intervention should typically be a last resort, after conservative treatment options have failed. There are many non-surgical conservative treatments that can provide relief from herniated disc pain, such as: pain medication, injection therapy, physical therapy, and more. It’s important to discuss your pain with a skilled pain management doctor who can properly identify your condition and recommend treatment options that fit your needs.
St. Paul Chronic Pain Doctor
Central Medical Clinic is a premier provider of pain management care to patients in St. Paul and throughout the Twin Cities metro area. Dr. Morales has decades of experience working with patients throughout the state of Minnesota and helping them find long-term solutions for their chronic pain. If you are suffering from back pain caused by a herniated disc, there are non-invasive options for reducing your pain. Contact us today at our St. Paul pain clinic to set up your appointment with Dr. Morales and his team.