Does a Herniated Disc Need Surgery?

Published on: August 2, 2017

A herniated disc is a spinal disc that has ruptured the outer shell of the disc. When this happens, the softer interior of the disc can push outward and put pressure on the tissues or nerves near the spine. In some cases, there are no symptoms or problems for the person with the ruptured or herniated disc. For others, the pressure from the disc can cause pain, weakness or numbness in the legs, back or other areas affected by the nerves. When this occurs, treatment can be required to manage the symptoms.

Herniated discs often occur due to the aging process. The spinal discs can lose water and become more brittle, making them more susceptible to rupture. A simple strain can cause a herniated disc in an older person. Other causes include impact or injury, such as a car accident or fall. Other risk factors besides age include obesity and physically demanding jobs that require heavy lifting.

Treatments for Herniated Discs

For herniated discs, surgery is rarely required if other treatments are used shortly after symptoms begin. There are other treatment options that should be used first to obtain relief. These non-invasive approaches are often effective in relieving any pain or discomfort from the herniated disc. The non-surgical treatment options include:

  • Spinal manipulation
  • Massage therapy
  • Pain management
  • Epidural steroid injections

In many cases, simply adjusting or repositioning the disc can alleviate the pressure on the nerves that is causing pain or discomfort. Chiropractic care and massage therapy through a spinal specialist can often stop the symptoms of a herniated disc without ever needing to pursue surgery. If you have symptoms of a herniated disc, seek treatment from a spinal specialist that offer non-invasive alternatives to surgery.

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