Herniated Disc Treatment
Herniated disc treatment greatly varies on a case to case,
and patient to patient basis. Treatments may either be aggressive
or conservative, completely dependent on the patient’s background.
The preferred approach of a herniated disc treatment is to have it the moderate and non-invasive way- herniated disc surgery being a last resort. Once the patient is diagnosed with a herniated disc, rest is often the first
recommendation by the physician- after which a period of time in most cases one can return to their normal
routine. As the problem can often be related to posture and
mobility at work, a period of time off is often suggested to break the cycle. This period of rest is intended to deflate the disc
inflammation. However if it does not improve with the
non-invasive approach, then more advanced treatments will be administered, such as surgery.
The idea of a herniated
disc treatment is basically to reduce the bulging disc and minimize the pain. Common practices of treatments are epidural steroid injections, physical
therapies, muscle strengthening exercises, medications or prescriptive drugs, and surgery.
anti-inflammatory medications as the form of herniated disc treatment is relatively safe. This can be done orally to alleviate the pain. Such drugs include Medrol Dose Pack, among others. The epidural injection is another direct approach. Some patients also are under the influence of muscle relaxant to help them
control muscle spasms on the course of their treatment. For extreme
pain, narcotics are prescribed. In whatever form of drugs you are
taking, extra care is essential and only upon the recommendation of your physician.
Another effective herniated disc
treatment involves physical therapy. This may not directly affect
the afflicted disc but it can certainly brace the muscles of the lumbar spine. This will significantly decrease the load and pressure suffered by the
vertebrae and disc. Stronger muscles are needed to get hold of the
lumbar spine and decreases nerve and disc injuries. Your physician will recommend a set of light exercises,
which if adhered to over time will gradually strengthen the muscles of the lumbar spine reducing the occurrence
of a herniated disc.
For neurological components such as
numbness and weakness, one herniated disc treatment needed may be surgery. Surgery is preferred as the last resort if no other treatments
work. But surgery is based depending on the condition and the
patient’s health. Not all patients with herniated disc will be
advised to have surgery.- physical and drug treatments will always be preferable.
Generally, a herniated disc
treatment aims to provide comfort and alleviate the pain associated with a ruptured disc. Treatments are simply means to relieve the pain, numbness and weakness in the
lower back and legs due to the compressed nerve root; prevent recurrence of injury; reduce chances of
disability; and enhance the chances to resume normal life and activities.
Since the disc inflammation
eventually returns to its normal state, herniated disc patients can recover in less than a month or in the case
of more serious conditions up to six months. Only 10% of patients
exhibiting unchanged symptoms after six weeks of either physical or drug therapy are considered to undergo the
BBC wrote this interesting article on potential treatments for a herniated