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5 Tips for Alleviating Herniated Disc Pain

If you repeatedly experience an ache or a sharp pain to your shoulder, arm, leg or buttocks, then you may have a herniated disc. If you have a herniated disc in Ramsey, then you should Progressive Spine and Sports.

The herniated disc could either be in your neck or back. The discs are the tiny cushions that make up your spine.

A disc becomes herniated when the material inside it pushes outwards and adversely affects the nerves at that level. A herniated disc can cause pain, numbness or a total loss of sensation in the affected area.

The following are some options anyone can use to reduce the pain resulting from a herniated disc:

  1.  Relieve the Inflammation

When you have a herniated disc, you can experience a tremendous amount of pain. To relieve that pain, it helps to relieve some of the inflammation.

You can do so by applying a heated pad or an ice pack to the affected area. All you need is 10 to 15 minutes a day and the pain should be substantially reduced.

Only when you apply these inflammation-reducing agents with no results should you visit a physician.

  1. Avoid Strenuous Movement

You should avoid too much strenuous movement which puts a lot of pressure on your herniated disc. By reducing the pressure on your disc, you allow it to heal much faster and return to optimal condition.

The strenuous movements to be avoided include wearing uncomfortable shoes, lying on your stomach, or sitting and standing for extended periods of time. You can try lifting heavy objects with your legs instead of your back, maintain good posture when sitting or standing for long and simply avoiding any strenuous activities.

  1. Exercises

There are certain exercises and stretches that you can do that will help you reduce the pain of your herniated disc. These exercises should be done consistently to ensure maximum results.

You should consult a physical therapist who will teach you the best way to perform these exercises. Doing so will reduce the adverse effects of the herniated disc on the spine which will reduce the amount of pain. The pain is often a result of poor mobility.

Your spinal muscles should get stronger with these exercises and reduce the pressure on the herniated disc hence reducing the pain.

  1. Medication

Purchasing over the counter pain medication is always an alternative. It is not the most recommended one as it is a short term alternative but it will reduce both the pain and the inflammation.

Ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen are common over the counter pain medication you will find at any pharmacy. It is recommended that you first visit a doctor before you self-prescribe any pain medication.

  1. Surgery

When a herniated disc is at its worst, the final solution is to have surgery done. The majority of herniated disc surgeries are barely invasive and have high success rates, but the recovery process can be arduous.

You will need physical therapy to get back to full mobility after a herniated disc surgery. It will also help prevent the occurrence of more herniated discs in your spine.