Treatment at Pain and Spine Specialists
Once a lumbar disc herniation diagnosis has been reached, our doctors will discuss the various treatment options available for you.
Some of our Frederick, MD patients might find that their best course of treatment is more conservative, such as heat therapy and medication management. Heat therapy, encompassing the use of heating pads or warm compresses, serves to relax muscles, enhance blood flow, and alleviate localized pain, promoting a sense of relief and relaxation. Simultaneously, medication management, which may involve prescribing anti-inflammatory drugs or muscle relaxants, aims to address inflammation and discomfort, fostering an environment conducive to improved daily function. These patient-centered, evidence-based strategies are designed to support you on your way toward better health.
For others with more severe symptoms, our doctors may recommend interventional pain management techniques such as epidural steroid injections. Epidural steroid injections are a commonly recommended treatment for managing pain and inflammation associated with conditions such as herniated discs or spinal stenosis. During this procedure, a corticosteroid medication is injected into the epidural space near the affected nerve roots in the spine. This powerful anti-inflammatory medication reduces swelling and irritation, relieves discomfort, and improves mobility. By addressing the root cause of the pain, epidural steroid injections aim to support your journey toward enhanced comfort and function.
Another treatment option is minimally invasive lumbar decompression (MILD). This innovative procedure is designed to alleviate pressure on the spinal nerves, specifically targeting lumbar spinal stenosis, a common condition causing lower back pain and discomfort. During MILD, specialized surgical tools and advanced imaging technology are utilized to decompress the lumbar spine through tiny incisions, allowing for the removal of tissue causing nerve compression. This approach aims to restore space in the spinal canal, effectively addressing the symptoms associated with lumbar spinal stenosis. MILD offers a safety profile similar to epidural procedures and can often be performed on an outpatient basis.
Additionally, our Pain and Spine Specialists team provides treatment options such as:
- Sacroiliac Joint Fusion: Sacroiliac joint fusion is a surgical procedure designed to stabilize the sacroiliac joint by promoting the fusion of the sacrum and ilium. This approach aims to reduce pain and enhance stability, fostering an environment conducive to improved function and mobility.
- Aurora ZIP: The Aurora ZIP procedure is a minimally invasive lumbar fusion treatment that utilizes a unique implant system to stabilize your spine without compromising mobility. The Aurora ZIP is named after the implant used to bridge the two vertebrae together, known as the Aurora ZIP Interspinous Spacer.
- The Minuteman Procedure: The Minuteman Procedure is an innovative outpatient minimally invasive surgery designed to provide immobilization, stabilization, and fusion of specific spinal segments such as the thoracic, lumbar, and sacral spine. This procedure typically involves making a small incision on the side of the body, utilizing dilation to access the spine, and implanting the Minuteman® device with bone graft for effective stabilization and relief from chronic back pain and degenerative disc disease.
No matter what treatment option is recommended for you, our Pain and Spine Specialists team will provide compassionate care and support you on your way to better health. Our goal is to help alleviate pain and improve function for our Frederick, MD patients suffering from lumbar disc herniation.