Category: Back Pain | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: August 22, 2014
Many people view surgery as an absolute last resort only to be considered after all other alternative options have failed. This is especially true of patients with spine conditions such as a prolapsed disc. In this article we will answer a question we commonly hear from patients – can I recover from a prolapsed disc without surgery?
Prolapsed Discs in the Spine
A prolapsed disc (also known as a slipped disc, bulging disc, or herniated disc) occurs when the inner part of the disc protrudes through the outer disc and into surrounding nerves and other structures. Depending on the location and severity of the prolapsed disc, an affected patient can experience mild to severe pain, as well as tingling or numbness.
There is a wide range of severity when it comes to the symptoms of a prolapsed disc. Some patients have no symptoms at all and do not even realize that they have a slipped disc. Other patients experience immense levels of pain and can lose feeling in certain areas of the body.
Treatment for Prolapsed Discs
The treatment options for a prolapsed disc are various, ranging from over the counter pain medications, to chiropractic, to surgery. Prescriptions pain meds and injection therapy can be beneficial in relieving pain from a prolapsed disc. Physical therapy and chiropractic techniques may also be beneficial boosting overall functionality. However, these methods are not aimed at fixing the root of the problem – the prolapsed disc itself. Minimally invasive spine surgery addresses the root cause by removing the prolapsed part of the disc. This procedure provides long-term pain relief.
Each patient’s situation is different and treatment methods depend directly on the patient’s circumstances. A prolapsed disc may adequately heal with non-surgical methods over time. In other cases, surgery is necessary to sufficiently relieve pain. In any case it is important to talk with your doctor about all of your treatment options so you can make an informed decision.