Tampa herniated disc treatment regimens should be developed on a patient-to-patient basis due to the condition’s wide array of causes and the large amount of symptoms that can occur. Those who have been diagnosed with a herniated disc or believe they have the symptoms should consult their primary care physician, a good chiropractor or spine specialist to receive a treatment plan that caters to their specific needs. That said, there are several basic categories to which herniated disc treatment techniques can belong, including various medicinal options, physical therapy, lifestyle modifications, as well as surgery.
A Brief Overview of Herniated Discs
Simply stated, a herniated disc occurs when the outer wall of an inter-vertebral disc ruptures and allows its inner contents to escape. Discs, or the sponge-like pads that separate adjacent vertebrae, are tasked with absorbing the brunt of the force that is applied to the neck and back when an individual moves. Discs are also responsible for easing the weight burden that is placed on the spine by an individual’s body. Over time, the discs will wear down because of the hard work they’ve continuously performed for the spine and in holding up your body. This can cause the discs in your spine to eventually deteriorate and become hard, brittle, and dehydrated, in turn making them susceptible to herniation.
Interestingly, the expulsion of inner disc material may not cause any symptoms. Many patients only experience the pain and discomfort that is associated with the herniated disc condition when it leads to the compression of a nearby spinal nerve. When this occurs, symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness may be felt in the hips, shoulders, and extremities like the hands and feet.
Watch the video below to see how to determine if you have a herniated disc.
Developing a Treatment Regimen
As previously mentioned, effective herniated disc treatment requires the development of a plan that takes the patient’s specific needs into consideration. The following factors can affect which techniques may or may not be recommended for a particular patient:
-History of injury to the neck or back
-Overall level of health
-Family medical history, especially of spinal health
-Severity of symptoms
As a general rule, most physicians will initially suggest a conservative, nonsurgical treatment regimen that has been specifically developed for the patient. It is usually only after these techniques prove insufficient that surgery will be recommended. Most chiropractic will steer you away from surgery unless absolutely necessary. This is why we believe chiropractors to be the best option available to you if you have a herniated disc.
Medicinal Treatment for a Herniated Disc
Some medications can be utilized to manage the symptoms of a herniated disc. Many patients are advised to take over-the-counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Aleve is always a favorite over-the counter pain reliever among many patients we work with with.
A herniated disc treatment regimen may also include physical therapy. Many patients can benefit from strengthening the muscles and ligaments in their necks, backs, and abdomen, which in turn can provide the spine with the added support that it needs. Physical therapy can also include other treatment methods, including:
–Cryotherapy – Also referred to as cold therapy, this treatment uses an ice pack, ice bath, or another cold element to numb pain and reduce inflammation.
–Massage therapy – This technique serves to relieve tension in the muscles and ligaments in the neck and back and may help to reduce the pressure that is being placed on the compressed nerve.
This category of herniated disc treatment often produces incredible results in relief and managing a patient’s symptoms. It is also perhaps the category of treatment that requires the most personification making it essential that all patients consult their physicians before incorporating any lifestyle modifications into their treatment regimen.
Surgical Treatment for a Herniated Disc
The majority of those with a herniated disc will find adequate relief from the use of one or more conservative treatment methods. Be that as it may, a small number of patients may require surgery if traditionalist techniques demonstrate unworthy following a few weeks or months of therapy without any relief. An open spine surgery with spinal fusion is traditionally recommended for these patients, though some may be candidates for a minimally invasive alternative. Our Florida chiropractic physicians at 1800sospain.com will do everything possible before we send you to the cutting table.
Minimally Invasive Procedures
An endoscopic procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis, through an incision that is approximately one inch long. To gain access to the spine, the surgeon gently inserts a series of tubes, each slightly larger than the one before. Surgical tools, including a small camera, are then funneled through the incision. Once all tools are in place, the surgeon will remove only a portion of the herniated disc material that is causing neural compression, usually by vaporizing it with a laser. Unlike an open spine surgery, an endoscopic procedure typically requires a few weeks of rest and rehabilitation before the patient can return to daily activities. Some patients experience immediate relief but this is not a reliable estimate.
Many different herniated disc treatment options can be utilized to alleviate this dreadful condition’s uncomfortable symptoms. Individuals who are suffering from a herniated disc – or any other spinal condition – should consult a physician before embarking on any independent course of treatment. If nonsurgical methods fail to provide adequate relief, patients would be best served to seek a second or even a third opinion before consenting to surgery.
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