Herniated Disc Treatment
An auto accident injury can be a scary experience, especially when you don′t know what to expect next. We′re here to address your questions about various types of injury treatment, so you know what to expect when you come into the office.
At Sall Myers, our bilingual staff is equipped to handle many different types of accident injuries. Our New Jersey offices are located in Elmwood Park, NJ, Paterson NJ, Passaic, NJ, New Brunswick, NJ, Irvington NJ, Union City, NJ, Parsippany, NJ, and Union, NJ.
What are the treatment options for a herniated disc?
When you suffer a herniated disc, your treatment options vary. In 90 percent of patients, a herniated disc will heal completely without need for surgery. However, a few patients will need to undergo surgery to repair their injuries.
What can I expect from nonsurgical herniated disc treatment options?
Nonsurgical treatment for a herniated disc may include:
Pain management or anti-inflammatory medication
Alternating ice and heat
Most herniated disc patients will see dramatic results within four to six weeks with some combination of nonsurgical treatments.
What can I expect from herniated disc physical therapy?
Herniated disc physical therapy may include some or all of the following:
Pain minimizing exercises
Alternating heat and ice
You may also learn exercises to perform at home to keep your back strong and prevent future re-injury.
What can I expect from herniated disc surgery?
For the 10 percent of people who don’t respond well to nonsurgical treatment, herniated disc surgery is the next treatment option. You may need surgery if:
Conservative treatment hasn’t improved your symptoms after six weeks
You’re having trouble performing basic activities like walking and standing
You have nerve pain or numbness that worsens over time
There are various types of herniated disc surgery. In some cases, the protruding portion of the disc is removed. However, there are rare occasions in which the entire disc must be removed, and the doctor must insert an implant in the space between the vertebrae.
What is the recovery time for a herniated disc?
About half of all nonsurgical herniated disc patients recover completely within the first month. 90 percent will recover without surgery within six months. Many people who undergo surgery are able to return to regular activities within a few weeks, although you may need physical therapy in some cases.
If you’ve been in a car accident in New Jersey and need treatment for a herniated disc, please call us at 866-609-4448 or fill out our contact form.
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