Guide to grocery shopping with a slipped disc

If you have a slipped disc, even once-simple activities like going to the grocery store can become difficult. This is because the condition can cause symptoms such as pain, weakness, numbness and tingling in the legs when you sit, stand or walk for extended periods of time and, in severe cases, can lead to bowel or bladder dysfunction or even paralysis. However, with some proper planning, a trip to the grocery store can be much easier. Read on to learn about helpful methods for shopping with a slipped disc as well as treatment options if your symptoms become debilitating.

Tips for grocery shopping with a slipped disc

Some tips to make grocery shopping easier include:

  • Take advantage of store assistance. Many grocery stores will not only bag your goods, but they’ll also take the bags to your vehicle and load them. If no one offers help as you’re checking out, don’t hesitate to request assistance from the cashier.
  • Shop during off-hours. Not everyone has this luxury, but if you can visit the grocery store during non-peak hours to avoid traffic and long lines. Friday and Saturday evenings tend to be less busy, while Sunday afternoons usually mean packed stores.
  • If necessary, use store-provided chairs. If walking around a store is too exhausting or painful for you, consider using a motorized cart with a seat to make the process easier.
  • Map your route. Rather than going back and forth across a store for items, plan a one-way route that allows you to get what you need as you go.

Treatment options for a slipped disc

Conservative therapies such as pain medications, physical therapy, chiropractic care, steroid injections and range-of-motion exercises may help to relieve your symptoms and allow you to get back to your daily routine. However, if your slipped disc symptoms become too severe, then surgical intervention may become necessary. If this is the case, contact Laser Spine Institute to discuss your treatment options.

Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. Through muscle-sparing techniques and a less than 1-inch incision, our board-certified surgeons+ are able to remove the portion of the disc that has slipped out of position and is creating pressure on the nerve. Thereby, providing you with long-lasting relief.

Reach out to our dedicated team today for more information about the procedures performed at our state-of-the-art facilities that are built around patient-centered care and tips on grocery shopping with a slipped disc. We are pleased to offer a no-cost MRI review* that will determine if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.