How to enjoy a movie if you have a ruptured disc

Ruptured Disc

Going to see a new movie should be an enjoyable experience, but for those with a ruptured disc it can also be a painful one. Ruptured disc symptoms like pain, cramping and tingling can make sitting uncomfortable, but there are many things you can do to relieve this discomfort and make going to the movies a fun pastime again.

Helpful tips for watching a movie with disc pain

Here are some simple ways to make a visit to the movie theater a less painful experience:

  • Wear a hot/cold therapy patch. When you’re sitting for a long period of time, having a pain-relieving patch can make a big difference. Put one on before you go into the movie theater so that it will last through the movie.
  • Plan to take any pain medication before the movie. If you’re currently taking prescription or over-the-counter pain medicine, take it 30 minutes before the movie to give it time to take effect. If you have specific times you must take medication, then look at movie showings around those times.
  • Choose an aisle seat. Sit by the aisle when possible so that you can get up and stretch your legs easily and without disturbing fellow moviegoers.
  • Look for restrooms. Locate the restrooms before you go into the theater and make a mental note in case you have to go during the show. It’s also not a bad idea to visit the restroom before going into the theater to avoid having to get up in the middle of the movie.

Learn more about ruptured disc treatment

If your quality of life is suffering after weeks and months of attempting conservative treatments for your ruptured disc, you may have started to wonder about the possibility of surgery. At Laser Spine Institute, we perform minimally invasive spine surgery that is an outpatient alternative to traditional open neck or back procedures, offering our patients a streamlined experience with many advantages. To learn more about the full range of procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute, contact us.

We’ll perform a free review of your MRI or CT scan* and let you know if you’re a potential candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.