Does a Slipped Disc Require Surgery?

A slipped disc — also known as spondylolisthesis — is a serious ailment that can cause pain, discomfort, and the inability to partake in a variety of activities. It’s commonly caused by either trauma, such as in a car accident, or the result of degeneration over time.

It’s a common myth that surgery is the only way to correct a slipped disc. While this is an option for some people (see below), it’s often best treated by building and strengthening core back muscles. This can be done through regular physical therapy sessions with a professional who is experienced in this area.

Additionally, pain medication may be prescribed to help during the early days of the ailment. As you recover, you won’t need to rely on medication nearly as much, if at all.

As for surgery, it may be necessary if you stop making progress through more conservative measures, such as physical therapy. Fortunately, minimally invasive spine surgery has made it easier to treat a slipped disc.

If you suspect a slipped disc, consult with an experienced medical specialist to ensure that you’re taking the right approach to your treatment and recovery. When you take the right steps at the right time, it reduces the chances that you’ll require surgery.

Virginia Spine Specialists is an award-winning, minimally invasive spinal care practice with locations in Fredericksburg, VA and Manassas, VA. We also serve these Northern and Central Virginia locations: Haymarket, Gainesville, Culpepper, Front Royal, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Colonial Beach, Tappahannock and Lake Anna.