Developing a herniated disc as restaurant employee

Millions of Americans suffer from a herniated disc — a 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 do arise, 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 physician to find out if you have a herniated disc. Once a diagnosis has been made, you and your physician can begin discussing treatment options for pain relief. One of the most important factors your physician will consider when recommending treatment options is the cause of your herniated disc. If you work in the restaurant industry, 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 your doctor can help you decide the best treatment methods for you.

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 other spine condition, but they may promote an overall healthier spine.

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 physician may initially recommend conservative treatments such as pain medication, physical therapy, injections and hot/cold therapy.

Laser Spine Institute treatment for a herniated disc

If these conservative treatment methods prove ineffective, surgery may then be suggested. The minimally invasive procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute have helped tens of thousands of people find relief from neck and back pain caused by herniated or bulging discs, spinal stenosis and other spinal conditions. We offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery that allows our patients to experience a higher patient satisfaction rate and a shorter recovery time^ so you can return to your life faster.

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.

For more information, contact Laser Spine Institute and receive a review of your MRI or CT scan.

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