Common do’s and don’ts for slipped disc relief

Slipped disc is a nonmedical term that can refer to a number of spine conditions including bulging and herniated disc as well as spondylolisthesis, which refers to vertebral slippage. These conditions can be painful and debilitating if spinal anatomy causes narrowing in the spinal column and constriction of any of the tightly packed nerves it protects.

If you are dealing with a slipped disc and related symptoms, it is possible to find long-term relief, but it is important to seek out treatment on as well-informed a basis as possible. The following advice can help you as you work with a physician to develop a treatment plan and find the relief you deserve.

Steps for effective slipped disc treatment

  • Do ask your doctor for a precise diagnosis. Since a slipped disc is a general term and does not represent a medical diagnosis, it may be helpful to clarify your exact condition with your doctor. If you have self-diagnosed or have not received a recent evaluation, make an appointment with your primary care physician as soon as possible.
  • Don’t ignore your symptoms and assume they’ll just get better. Neck pain, back pain or other symptoms that have not improved over a few days or a week need more involved, targeted treatment. Work with your doctor or specialist to develop a personalized plan of care.
  • Do take steps to remain active and get exercise. Exercise has proven benefits for people dealing with spine conditions. Staying active helps to strengthen supporting muscles, improve mobility and help with weight loss.
  • Don’t remain overly sedentary. While resting for periods of time is beneficial for neck or back pain, adopting a sedentary lifestyle to treat a slipped disc is never recommended. Too much inactivity is associated with weak muscles, poor circulation and being overweight or obese.
  • Do thoroughly explore conservative treatment options. Patients with a condition related to a slipped disc can very often find relief with nonsurgical treatments like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, spinal injections, taking steps to improve posture and eating a healthier diet. Stay patient and expect some degree of trial and error as you find the right combination of treatments for your individual situation.
  • Don’t be afraid to consider spine surgery. While there are risks involved with any type of surgery, a procedure to remove disc material that is putting pressure on a nerve in the spine can start to look like the best option for relief if weeks or months of conservative treatment have not relieved symptoms. Patients who have been recommended for spine surgery for a disc condition should reach out to Laser Spine Institute to learn about the benefits of our outpatient procedures.

Minimally invasive spine surgery for a slipped disc

Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and we have state-of-the-art outpatient surgery centers across the United States. Our board-certified surgeons+ can access the spine with a less than 1-inch incision, offering a streamlined experience that is an alternative to traditional open neck or back surgery.

Find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures by asking a member of our dedicated team for your no-cost MRI review.*