If you’ve been diagnosed with a slipped disc, recovery is likely well within your reach. There are a number of treatment methods that are effective at alleviating symptoms of a slipped disc, often in as little as a month. Your physician can talk to you about the best treatment options for you based on your age, physical condition and the severity of your slipped disc symptoms.
Slipped disc treatment usually begins conservatively and gradually progresses more aggressively, depending on the patient’s response to initial therapies. Examples of slipped disc treatments include:
- Two to three days of bed rest – The first step in slipped disc recovery is to avoid activities that aggravate symptoms.
- Exercise – A strong back and body supports and takes pressure off the spine, so your physician may recommend exercises to strengthen and stretch core muscles.
- Over-the-counter medication – Anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medications help relieve pressure and reduce pain.
- Ice and heat applications – Applied to the back at the location of the herniated disc, ice and heat packs relax the muscles and reduce swelling.
- Prescription medication – Patients with more severe slipped disc symptoms may consider prescription pain medication or muscle relaxers, but these drugs can have negative side effects.
- Steroid injections – Administered directly into the site of nerve compression, steroid injections provide accurate and immediate relief.
Other slipped disc recovery options include physical therapy, massage, chiropractic care and alternative treatments like acupuncture or acupressure. It’s important to keep in mind that while many of these therapies provide temporary relief of symptoms, none of them will permanently cure a slipped or ruptured disc.
In the event that you try a conservative slipped disc recovery plan but you still experience severe pain and limited mobility, slipped disc surgery may be the next step. If so, Laser Spine Institute specializes in minimally invasive procedures that effectively treat symptoms of slipped discs with fewer side effects and risks than traditional back surgery. If you’d like to learn more about our state-of-the-art procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute today and we’ll review your MRI or CT scan at no charge.