Developing a herniated disc as restaurant employee

A herniated disc is a common spine condition that can develop due to age, certain lifestyle habits, genetics and injury. Surprisingly, many people aren’t aware that they have a herniated disc because most cases of the condition never cause pain. However, when the damaged disc presses against a nerve and the symptoms of pain arise due to compression, there is no mistaking the herniated disc in your back.

If you are suffering from pain that travels from your spine and into your extremities, such as your arms or legs, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor to find out if you have a herniated disc. Once a diagnosis has been made, you and your doctor can begin discussing treatment options for pain relief. One of the most important factors he or she will consider when recommending treatment options is the cause of your herniated disc.

If you work in a restaurant, for example, you may have developed a herniated disc from constantly lifting heavy, awkward-shaped boxes or trays, twisting continually with a weighted tray or from injury. Be sure to tell your doctor about your lifestyle so he or she can help you decide the best treatment methods for you. To learn more about the causes of this condition and methods for treating your pain and discomfort, read the following article.

Causes of a herniated disc for a restaurant worker

Chefs, servers, bartenders and other restaurant workers tend to have a high risk of developing a ruptured disc due to the following situations that often occur in the service industry:

  • Exhibiting poor posture, especially when standing for long periods of time
  • Improperly lifting heavy items, such as food trays, boxes of supplies and restaurant furniture
  • Slipping and falling on wet floors
  • Bending, twisting, turning or stretching awkwardly

While some of these activities might not be avoidable, there may be some things you can do to help prevent developing a herniated disc. These methods are not guaranteed to prevent a damaged disc or another spine condition, but they may promote an overall healthier spine.

Treatment for a herniated disc

A herniated disc may be prevented by wearing slip-resistant and supportive footwear, using proper lifting techniques, avoiding cigarette smoking and taking intermittent breaks to rest. If a restaurant employee has developed a ruptured disc, a doctor may initially recommend conservative treatments such as pain medication, physical therapy, chiropractic care, epidural steroid injections and hot and/or cold therapy.

If these conservative treatment methods prove ineffective after several weeks or months, surgery may then be suggested. Each year, the minimally invasive procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute have helped thousands of patients find relief from neck and back pain caused by conditions like herniated discs.

We offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery that allows our patients to experience a patient satisfaction score of 98 and a shorter recovery time^ so you can return to your life faster. For more information about our herniated disc procedures, contact the dedicated team at Laser Spine Institute today.

For patients suffering from a herniated disc, we offer minimally invasive decompression and stabilization surgery that aims to reduce the symptoms of a herniated disc by removing the portion of the damaged disc that is pressing against the nerve in your spine. If the disc is severely damaged, the entire disc may be removed and replaced with an artificial disc and/or bone grafts for immediate stabilization.

At Laser Spine Institute, our board-certified+ surgeons use a small incision that is muscle sparing to treat a herniated disc, allowing for a lower risk of infection and complication compared to traditional open spine surgery.^ To find out if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient procedures, reach out to us and ask for a free MRI review.* We can help guide you on your journey to wellness.

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