Collapsed Disc | Grocery Shopping

Collapsed Disc

If you have a collapsed disc or any other degenerative spine condition, you probably know all too well the impact that this frustrating condition can have on daily activity. Something as simple as doing your weekly grocery shopping can suddenly turn into a painful affair. Even when you’re in the middle of treatment for your neck or back pain, relief can come slowly, leaving you to deal with your discomfort in the meantime. However, there are a number of ways that you can manage your pain at the grocery store or anywhere else and limit the interruption in your life.

The effect of back and neck pain on daily activity

We often do not realize how much we rely on our neck or back until it is causing problems. Something as mundane as unloading the dishes or lifting a bag of dog food can become a seemingly overwhelming burden. In the case of a collapsed intervertebral disc, you may be experiencing any of a number of symptoms, depending on the location, cause and severity of the disc degeneration. The good news is that in most cases, pain from a collapsed disc can be managed on your own with non-invasive treatment and with some practical advice.

If you are grocery shopping with a collapsed disc, for example, consider the following:

  • Get help with heavy lifting. Even something like a case of soda or a pot roast can be heavier than you expect.
  • Ask for help unloading your groceries into your car – most grocery stores offer this service at check-out.
  • If you don’t have help, make several smaller trips to the grocery store throughout the week, rather than overdoing it in one stop.
  • Take it slow – overexertion can make neck and back pain much worse.
  • Consider using a motorized wheelchair. While exercise is extremely helpful for overcoming pain, a wheelchair is a great alternative if you are concerned about overexertion.

Living with neck or back pain can be a real burden. If you continue to experience dull and throbbing chronic pain from a collapsed disc or any other degenerative spine condition, it is important that you meet with your physician to learn about your numerous treatment options.


Learn more

Contact Laser Spine Institute if your pain persists through conservative treatments and you are considering undergoing an invasive traditional open spine surgery. We perform state-of-the-art, minimally invasive procedures in an outpatient setting that are designed to treat collapsed discs. You can schedule your initial consultation and ask for a review of your MRI or CT scan to learn more.