A guide to driving with a ruptured disc
Patients suffering from a ruptured disc may experience difficulty completing daily activities, including driving a car or other vehicle. The chronic pain caused by this condition can be debilitating and eventually cause a decrease in quality of life. At Laser Spine Institute, we understand the pain you are experiencing and want to help you get back to a healthy active lifestyle. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with this condition and are researching conservative treatments or you are exploring the possibility of surgery, these tips can help if you are seeking the lasting relief you deserve.
Helpful tips for driving with a ruptured disc
Whether you have a long commute to work or find it uncomfortable even to take short trips to the grocery store, driving with a ruptured disc can become an ordeal if your symptoms flare up. With the proper steps, though, you can minimize your discomfort and make driving around to your daily tasks a little easier.
Some ways to relieve symptoms and avoid aggravating your ruptured disc when driving include:
- Get a support pillow. Maintaining proper posture while driving can help you avoid symptom flare-ups. Special pillows that provide lumbar support can help ensure you maintain this posture as well as provide support for your back to avoid muscle strain.
- Wear a hot/cold therapy patch. Heat and ice therapy is one conservative treatment that’s often recommended by physicians, and a hot/cold therapy patch is a convenient and portable way to get this relief. Alternately, you can invest in a heated, massaging seat cover that plugs into the car’s 12V outlet.
- Take frequent breaks. Don’t wait until you need gas to stop for a break; decide on an interval of time such as an hour or two and stop to walk around and stretch your legs. Just a few minutes won’t make a big difference on your arrival time, but it can make a big difference with how you feel while driving.
- Stretch. Prior to beginning your drive, go through a thorough stretching routine, and if you get the opportunity during one of your pit stops, stretch your muscles again. Keeping your body loose can relieve some of the pain from ruptured disc as well as cut down on overall bodily pain by avoiding muscle strain.
Learn more about how to treat a ruptured disc
A large number of patients dealing with a ruptured disc are able to find lasting relief through a course of conservative treatment options like rest, physical therapy, spinal injections and anti-inflammatory medication. Surgery can become an option if weeks or months of conservative treatment do not bring the relief necessary for a good quality of life.
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive spine surgery as a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.^ To learn about the minimally invasive treatment options available at Laser Spine Institute, contact us today. Let us help you find the best treatment option for your needs so you can get back to a healthy, active life.
Our dedicated team can help you receive a no-cost MRI or CT scan review* to help you find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.