Collapsed Disc Diagnosis
Anyone who experiences chronic pain or discomfort in their neck or back and thinks it may be due to a collapsed disc should visit a primary care physician to receive a proper diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan. During your office visit, a doctor will typically take the following steps to reach a diagnosis:
- Medical history evaluation
- Physical exam
- CT scan
- Blood tests
Collapsed Disc Treatment Options
Medications are an extremely common option for treating collapsed discs. Patients may consider over-the-counter medications from their local drugstore, or they may seek a prescription from their physician. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, narcotic painkillers and even antidepressants can all be an effective part of a collapsed disc treatment plan.
Along with medications, patients can also explore other conservative therapies, including: corticosteroid injections, heat and/or ice therapy, stretching, exercise and physical therapy, therapeutic massage.
If conservative methods fail to provide adequate symptom relief, a spine specialist may recommend surgery. At Spine & Orthopedic Center, we can help you determine which collapsed disc treatments would be best for your specific situation. If you’d like to schedule an initial consultation to learn more about minimally invasive surgical treatment for a collapsed disc, contact us at 888-409-8006.