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Disc Herniation & Disc Disease Treatment Information
Treatment for disc herniation and disc disease is designed to reduce the pain and pressure on your spine. Therapies can range from simple to complex. The services we provide include:
- Lifestyle changes. The simplest way to prevent and heal disc herniation and disc disease is to live a healthy lifestyle. If you are obese, the extra weight puts a strain on your spine. If you smoke, your body’s cells—especially those that make up the spinal discs—are deprived of the oxygen they need to properly function. Some lifestyle changes you can make include:
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Stop smoking
- Medications. We use a variety of medicines to reduce the inflammation and pain from disc disease. Narcotics can be used for short periods and non-steroidal medicines can help reduce the inflammation that causes pain.
- Nerve block. This treatment combines an injection of anesthesia and a pain reducer to block the function of specific nerves as a way to stop pain. The treatment can be targeted to specific nerves or it can be delivered in a midline approach to affect a broader area.
- Physical interventions. Exercises to strengthen the muscles in your back, legs and arms can improve your movements and reduce pain. Your physician may recommend physical therapy and care from a chiropractor.
- Surgery. If your condition requires surgery, we are experts in providing the most advanced care. We use image-guided surgery to generate the safest outcomes with the fewest complications. To treat disc herniation and disc disease, our neurosurgeons remove the disc fragments in the spinal canal, smooth out any rough disc edges and replace discs as needed.
- Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). We were the first health system in Indiana to offer this procedure. The intraoperative MRI provides your neurosurgeon with images of your spine during surgery.
- Laminectomy. This surgical procedure is used to relieve pressure on your spinal cord caused by a variety of issues, including a herniated disc. It can involve the removal of bone or bone fragments from the spine.
- Artificial discs. To preserve your range of motion, we use innovative therapies such as artificial discs. The artificial disc cushions the space between the vertebrae in your spine and prevents fusion of the bones. This keeps you active longer and may even prevent a second surgery.
- Spinal fusion. Spinal fusion can reduce the pinching of the nerves. Your neurosurgeon may perform surgery to realign the vertebrae. This procedure includes the use of screw, rods, and cages (implants that create the height a disc would normally provide.) During surgery, your neurosurgeon places screws and rods into the spine with very small incisions. For some patients, spinal fusion can be performed using minimally invasive surgical techniques. This keeps the muscles intact and helps speed up recovery.
- Percutaneous pedicle screw placement. We use computer-guided images and minimally invasive surgery to place screws in the spine to add strength and stability.
- Research. We are involved in many research studies and clinical trials designed to improve care for disc disease. This includes testing new surgical techniques and products and studying the highest quality outcomes to determine which treatments give patients the best results,
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Disc Herniation & Disc Disease Support Services
Learn more about disc herniation & disc disease treatments at these websites:
A Sampling of Disc Herniation & Disc Disease Support Services
The National Institutes of Health’s website for patients and families provides extension information about herniated discs and disc disease.
North American Spine Society
This association website provides patient information on the causes, symptoms and treatments for different types of disc disease.
Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine compiles this online encyclopedia of back and neck pain conditions.