Tips for clothes shopping with a slipped disc

Slipped disc is a nonmedical term often referring to conditions such as bulging and herniated discs that can cause spinal disc material to become displaced and put pressure on spinal nerves. A slipped disc can cause painful symptoms that can be extremely disruptive to your everyday activities, affecting your ability to accomplish basic tasks from working in the yard to running errands like clothes shopping.

Whether you’re just running in for a T-shirt or shopping for an entire new wardrobe, clothes shopping with a slipped disc can quickly turn into a long and difficult task. However, there are adjustments you can make to improve your experience and minimize the likelihood of a painful flare-up of symptoms.

Helpful tips for clothes shopping

Some things to consider when clothes shopping with a slipped disc include:

  • Take note of seating. One way to avoid worsening your symptoms and hurting yourself is to take frequent breaks, so make a mental note of any available seating in a store. If you find yourself getting tired, find a seat and take a short break before continuing.
  • Avoid busy times. Saturdays are usually very busy at clothing stores and malls, so if you can stay away from shopping at this time, do it. More seating will be available for rest breaks, you might be able to avoid waiting in line for a dressing room or cashier and you won’t have to navigate through as many people.
  • Use a cart. When walking through a store and picking up items, it’s easy to suddenly find yourself carrying an armful of clothes. By proactively taking a cart when you enter a store, you can avoid putting extra pressure on your spine and your injured disc.

Learn more

Patients dealing with degenerative disc conditions can very often achieve lasting relief by following a course of conservative treatment options like medication, physical therapy, massage and spinal injections. Spine surgery can become an option if weeks or months of conservative treatments are unable to provide the relief necessary for a good quality of life. If you are being recommended for a surgical procedure, contact the team at Laser Spine Institute to learn more about the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery. Our outpatient procedures use muscle-sparing techniques that allow for a less than 1-inch incision and less risk of complication compared to traditional open spine procedures.^

We’ll be happy to offer a free review of your MRI or CT scan* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.