How to optimize the effectiveness of your slipped disc treatment
Every slipped disc is unique. Therefore, no one — not even your physician — can accurately predict how your body will respond to slipped disc treatment, or whether your condition will worsen. Additionally, a successful outcome can mean different things to different people. Whether your goal is to climb a mountain, jog around the block or play with your grandchildren without neck or back pain, there are some steps you can take to improve your chances of success.
To get started, have a candid conversation with your physician. As you discuss your options, ask him or her about what you can realistically expect to achieve from your slipped disc treatment. Your physician can provide individualized advice and guidance on how to maximize the effectiveness of your treatment and prevent your slipped disc from getting worse. There are also some general strategies that are almost universally appropriate. Consider the following information provided by Laser Spine Institute.
Keep an open mind
If, like most recently diagnosed patients, you are starting out with a conservative approach to slipped disc treatment, it’s important to understand that you’ll likely need to try more than one method. Your physician can help you select the right combination of exercises, stretches, pain relievers, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and other nonsurgical therapies. Remember, it may take a few weeks or months of trial and error to find the most beneficial program for you. During that time, you’ll need to communicate regularly and honestly with your physician.
Be diligent and consistent
Even if you start to feel better, don’t slack off on your slipped disc treatment. As your neck and back muscles become stronger with regular exercise, your pain might subside — and you might question the need to continue. Of course, that’s human nature, but don’t be tempted to give up so fast. In order to achieve the best possible results, you’ll need to closely follow your treatment plan as recommended by your physician.
Commit to healthy living
Positive habits — such as avoiding tobacco products, limiting alcohol consumption, maintaining a healthy body weight and eating a nutritious diet — won’t magically make your slipped disc disappear. But, constructive lifestyle changes such as these can go a long way toward enhancing your overall health and wellness, including your spinal health. For instance, by losing excess body weight, you can reduce the amount of stress on your spine, which in turn can alleviate the discomfort caused by a slipped disc.
In sum, conservative slipped disc treatment is effective for many individuals. However, there are certain instances in which surgical treatment is still the best option. If the nonsurgical treatment plan recommended by your physician is not providing the relief you need, you may want to explore your surgical options. Consider Laser Spine Institute. The minimally invasive spine surgery performed by our surgeons is often the clinically appropriate first choice and provides many advantages versus open neck or back surgery.^
If you’d like to find out if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today.