Daily life with a prolapsed disc can sometimes be extremely difficult, and simple tasks like washing dishes can often seem like monumental tasks. With careful planning, however, you can minimize symptoms of your prolapsed disc and maintain a normal life with less disruption and discomfort.
Some tips for keeping symptoms to a minimum include:
- Take frequent rests – Everyone knows that they should rest when they’re feeling tired, but being proactive and taking a quick break before you reach that point can make the difference between an enjoyable day out and having to go home early. If you get the opportunity, rest for a moment when you’re going about your daily activities, even if you’re not feeling significant symptoms. This can help you avoid being forced to take a break later when it’s less convenient.
- Plan your day with activity level in mind – One way to avoid aggravating your condition is to spread activities evenly throughout the day. For example, if you have ten tasks for the day, five of which are more physically demanding, alternate these five with the less demanding tasks or change them to a different day to avoid exerting yourself for a long period of time.
- Provide yourself with tools – Consider where you spend most of your time and the different activities you perform daily that can cause your symptoms to flare up. Then, think about if there is anything you can do to minimize their effect on your prolapsed disc. For example, simply putting a stool to sit on in your kitchen when you’re washing dishes can make a big difference in the long run. Similarly, a lumbar pillow for your favorite armchair can be surprisingly helpful.
- Stretch daily – Integrating a stretching routine into your day can help you loosen your back muscles and keep them from pulling excessively on the spine, as well as help you move better in general. In fact, many physicians often recommend stretching as a non-invasive treatment for a prolapsed disc.
Treatments for a prolapsed disc
In addition to taking these steps to minimize symptoms, you can choose from a number of conservative treatments for a prolapsed disc. These include:
- Spinal steroid injections
- Pain killers – both over the counter and prescription
- Hot and cold therapy
- Physical therapy
For more information on managing a prolapsed disc, or to learn about the minimally invasive spinal procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute, contact us. We’ll review your MRI or CT scan to determine if you are a candidate for one of these procedures.