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Minimally Invasive Treatment Options for Herniated Disc

A herniated disc is a condition in which the outer wall of a disc has been weakened, allowing the softer insides to deform the shape of the disc.

Area of spine affected by a herniated disc: Any

Prior to having a surgical procedure to treat your herniated disc, conservative measures such as physical therapy, chiropractic, and steroid injections should be attempted. If these measures do not meaningfully relieve your pain, a North American Spine procedure may be in order.

A herniated disc may result from a number of underlying causes and conditions, including, but not limited to:

  • Age-related wear and tear, which can lead to Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Back or neck strain due to repetitive physical activity, poor posture, imbalances in the musculature, or heavy lifting
  • Direct physical injury such as a car accident or fall
  • Genetics, whether or not the symptoms appeared in your parents

Procedure Options

    For any given condition, factors like location in the spine, co-occurring spine conditions, and severity of the condition can affect recommended procedures. For more information on some, but not all, of the procedures North American Spine may recommend, see the following:

    Non-Surgical Herniated Disc Treatment

  • Epidural Steroid Injection: Epidural steroid injections are shots of corticosteroids in the epidural space near the spinal cord. They are aimed at reducing inflammation and easing pain. Read more.
  • If conservative treatment has not provided lasting relief, see if you're a candidate for one of our proven procedures to treat herniated disc(s). Most are performed through an incision one inch or less in size.
  • IntelliSpineSM (Lumbar): In this outpatient procedure, the physician accesses the spine through tiny incisions (5 millimeters or less) in the lower back and uses an HD camera... Read more.
  • Discectomy: A discectomy is designed to significantly reduce—or completely eliminate—pain caused by herniated or bulging discs that are impinging on nerves or nerve roots. Read more.
  • Laminotomy/ Laminectomy: A laminotomy and laminectomy are minimally invasive procedures performed to relieve excessive pressure on the spinal cord or its associated nerve roots caused by degenerative... Read more.
  • Cervical Foraminotomy: Cervical foraminotomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a small piece of bone and/or soft tissue is removed in the cervical spine to... Read more.
  • For a severely herniated disc that has caused spinal instability, our highly trained surgeons perform minimally invasive stabilization surgeries that provide much quicker recovery than traditional, open spine surgery.
  • ACDF: With the goal of relieving pain and stabilizing the cervical spine, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a surgical procedure that involves relieving the... Read more.
  • 360 Spinal Fusion: An advanced procedure for correcting deformities of the lower back, a 360 Spinal Fusion is designed to provide a high degree of stability, and to... Read more.
  • TLIF: The goal of Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) is to increase spinal stability and decrease pain by removing pressure from spinal nerves and stabilizing spinal... Read more.

North American Spine partners with physicians who are experts in the relief of herniated disc causes and symptoms. No two cases of herniated disc are exactly alike, and every North American Spine patient is treated with individual attention and focus. The first step is to submit an MRI or CT-scan, usually ordered by a Primary Care Physician or Pain Management Physician, for a free review. If you live near one of our locations, we may be able to order one for you after a consult with one of our partner physicians.

If you do have an MRI or CT-scan that is 3 years old or less, we will review it free of charge.

Free MRI/CT Review


Daniel K

Condition: Herniated Disc

Procedure: IntelliSpineSM (Lumbar)

“I would definitely encourage anyone with herniated discs to have this surgery done.”

"Within 1 hour of surgery I could walk normally and pain went away. I can do normal ranch duties except lifting. I continue to operate my ranch..."

“Very severe pain in left buttock. Left leg and foot numb. Painful to walk, stand, or sit upright. Had to take care of ranch duties, but forced myself to do them. I had several sessions of the decompression table that did not help at all. Also tried cortisone shots in the spine- those did nothing. 1 month after my surgery I was harvesting wheat. Almost one year later over.”

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Some of our former patients have been kind enough to offer to speak with back and neck pain sufferers who are looking into treatment options. We encourage you to take them up on it! After we determine a treatment plan, we’ll connect you with a past patient who had a similar condition and procedure.

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