Six medications used for slipped disc pain relief
If you are suffering from neck or back pain because of a slipped disc, take some time to familiarize yourself with your condition and the treatment options that are available to you. A slipped disc is a broad term referring to a damaged spinal disc that is either bulging beyond its normal boundaries or has ruptured and allowed its inner contents to escape into the spinal canal. If a slipped disc compresses the spinal cord or a nearby nerve root, symptoms can include muscle spasms, localized or radiating pain, numbness, tingling sensations and muscle weakness.
Conservative treatment for disc injuries
If you are dealing with a spinal disc problem that is producing symptoms that are interrupting your normal daily routine, your physician may suggest you begin a conservative treatment regimen to try to find an acceptable level of slipped disc pain relief. Some of your treatment options will likely include low-impact exercise and stretching, hot and cold therapy and lifestyle adjustments to improve your spine health.
Medications — both prescription and over-the-counter — can also be an important part of your slipped disc treatment plan. Here are some options that may help ease your pain:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — such as Ibuprofen, to reduce inflammation
- Acetaminophen — to provide temporary pain relief
- Opioids — for temporary relief of severe pain
- Muscle relaxants — to help alleviate pain from back spasms
- Oral steroids — which can be effective for inflammation in cases of severe pain
- Epidural steroid injections — to provide inflammation relief directly to the affected area
Slipped disc surgery
While medications and other conservative treatments often provide the desired level of slipped disc pain relief, some individuals experiencing severe symptoms may want to consider spine surgery to alleviate the nerve compression that is causing their discomfort. At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery to treat many different degenerative spinal conditions, and we’re proud to have a patient recommendation score of 98 out of 100.^