How to relieve prolapsed disc symptoms
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. Read on to learn helpful tips for managing your prolapsed disc symptoms and what treatments are available to provide you with lasting relief.
Helpful tips for living with a prolapsed disc
Some tips for keeping prolapsed disc symptoms to a minimum include:
- Take frequent breaks. Everyone knows that you should rest when you’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 10 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 fact, many doctors often recommend stretching as a noninvasive 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 medications
- Heat massage
- Physical therapy
- Muscle relaxants
- Chiropractic care
- Range of motion exercises
If these treatments prove ineffective after several weeks or months, then surgical intervention may become necessary, such as the minimally invasive spine surgery offered at Laser Spine Institute. Since 2005, our procedures have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. For more information about managing a prolapsed disc, or to learn about what makes our procedures a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery,^ contact us.
At Laser Spine Institute, our highly skilled surgeons will use a less than 1-inch incision that is muscle sparing in order to remove the prolapsed portion of the disc and make more room for the nerve, allowing the patient to experience lasting relief. To find out if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient procedures, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a no-cost review of your MRI or CT scan.*