Herniated Disc

Herniated Lumbar Disc

Under normal circumstances, a herniated lumbar disc can be treated conservatively and our multidisciplinary approach at SCCNS provides patients options when dealing with pain associated with herniated discs. Before we consider surgery as an option we treat with conservative measures such as:

  • Rest
  • Modified activities
  • Physical therapy directed exercises
  • Traction
  • Ultrasound or electrical stimulation
  • Short-term bracing for the lower back
  • Oral medications (over the counter or prescribed) to relieve pain and inflammation
  • Nerve pain medications
  • Muscle relaxers
  • Epidural steroid injections

Unfortunately not all herniated discs can be treated conservatively. If it is found that conservative measures are not working and surgery is necessary, the experts at SCCNS will perform the most minimally invasive procedure required to treat the problem. Often our surgeons can remove just the protruding portion of the disc. In extreme cases, the entire disc may need to be removed. If the disc is removed, the vertebrae may need to be fused together with metal hardware to provide stability. Or the implantation of an artificial disc may be recommended.

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