Drawbacks of conservative methods of treatment

However, in certain cases of intervertebral disk prolapse operative intervention can be avoided – then we recommend the so-called conservative therapy which of necessity may be based on analgesics. Helplessness or refusal of a doctor, wrong vision and the underlying skeptical attitude towards operative intervention result in conservative therapy being applied in cases which in fact do not require an operation.

An intervertebral disk prolapse or osteochondrosis lead to such far-reaching changes in the spinal canal which cannot be eliminated with the help of external measures. Unfortunately, this is the reason for ineffectiveness of such highly reputed forms of therapy as manual therapy, acupuncture and traction. In the world there is actually no academic research to support results of such “methods of treatment”.

Even if in some cases this treatment brings relief, this is exclusively a mere exception: sometimes intervertebral disk prolapse may regress without treatment of conservative or operative nature. In part this happens owing to the absorption or shifting of the protruding tissue. Simultaneously the nerve root may return to its normal position (“relaxation”), which results in alleviation or disappearance of pain altogether. In known conditions an inconsiderable part of the protruding material of an intervertebral disk may become loose and get into a place where it will not create any pressure.