Slipped Disc Treatment
Conservative treatment of a herniated disc, or slipped disc, is generally very effective. More than 90 percent of those with a slipped disc get relief from symptoms without surgery. Such treatments may include:
- Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Oral steroids
- Physical therapy that includes exercises to strengthen your back and abdominal muscles
- Epidural steroid injection
Surgery may be a consideration if a conservative course of treatment doesn’t improve your symptoms after six to eight weeks.
Slipped Disc Surgery
A microdiskectomy is a common surgery for relief from the symptoms of a herniated disc. The use of a surgical microscope allows for smaller incisions. The surgeon relieves pressure on the spinal nerves by removing the protruding portion of the disc. Patients who undergo a microdiskectomy typically go home that day.