What Are the Treatments for a Compressed Disc in the Neck?

Treatments for a compressed disc in the neck, also known as a degenerative or slipped disc, include pain medication to reduce inflammation and physical therapy sessions, according to WebMD. Some patients may need to be treated with surgery to remove the deteriorating disc, followed up with an artificial disc replacement.

Although surgery is an option for extreme cases of a compressed disc in the neck, most patients can treat the pain and reduce inflammation with pain medications, such as acetaminophen, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as naproxen or ibuprofen, according to WebMD.

Physical therapy may help to reduce pain, stiffness, and manipulate joints and muscles within the neck, according to WebMD. Patients can increase range of motion, learn exercises to reduce stiff muscles and correct posture to reduce discomfort from a compressed disc in the neck.

Patients who experience weakness or numbness due to a compressed disc in the neck need to consult with a physician, according to WebMD. If a physician or surgeon recommends surgery, known as a discectomy, patients undergo a procedure where the compressed disc is removed and replaced with a metal disc inserted in place of the disc that was removed. During the discectomy, surgeons may also implant a small piece of bone near the vertebrae, known as a cervical fusion.