A herniated disk can press on the nerves in your spine and cause weakness, numbness and pain in your arms, back, neck, and legs. Sometimes these symptoms can be severe enough to disrupt your life and your daily life routine.
However, you can try one or more of this disc herniation treatment to help you feel better.
Primary disc herniation treatment is to take it easy for a few days. Rest relieves swelling and gives your back time to heal. While your back hurts, avoid doing exercise and other activities where you have to bend or lift. Bed rest is fine for a short period of time but don’t stay off your feet for longer than 1 or 2 days.
Some exercises can also help to improve the symptoms of a herniated disc. Physical therapy program include Stretching exercises to keep your muscles flexible, Massage, Ice and heat, Ultrasound therapy and Electrical muscle stimulation.
Over-the-counter pain medications if your pain is mild to moderate, your doctor might recommend over-the-counter pain medication as disc herniation treatment. Medicines such as acetaminophen ibuprofen or naproxen sodium will help you.
Cortisone injections if oral medications fail to improve your pain then your doctor might recommend a corticosteroid that can be injected into the area around the spinal nerves. Spinal imaging helps to guide the needle.
Opioids, many doctors hesitate to prescribe them for disc herniation treatment because of the side effects of opioids and the potential for addiction. If other medication doesn’t relieve your pain then your doctor might consider short-term use of opioids, such as codeine or an oxycodone-acetaminophen combination. Nausea, confusion, sedation and constipation are possible side effects from these drugs.
Muscle relaxers generally prescribed if you have muscle spasms. Dizziness and sedation are common side effects.
Most people with a herniated disk don’t need surgery as their disc herniation treatment. Rest and other treatments improve the symptoms within 4 to 6 weeks. But if pain doesn’t improve, surgery might be an option. Especially if you continue to have poorly controlled pain, Numbness or weakness, Difficulty standing or walking, Loss of bladder or bowel controls.
What happens if a herniated disc left untreated?
An untreated, slipped disc can lead to permanent nerve damage. In rare cases, a slipped disc can cut off nerve impulses to the Cauda equina nerves in your lower back and legs. If this occurs, you may lose bowel or bladder control. Another long-term complication is called as saddle anesthesia.
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