Back pain, weakness, stiffness, pins & needles and spasms are just a few symptoms of a slipped or herniated disc. This pain could occur anywhere in the body (not just the back) depending on the source of the pain. Whilst this condition is painful, the good news is that it is highly treatable. The treatment for slipped disc aims at managing the pain associated with it and restoring the normal range of motion. We at Spinalogy Clinic, Pune take a look at a few non-surgical treatment options of slipped disc.
The term ‘disc’ refers to the cushioning between the vertebrae of the spine. Each disc has a soft central portion and when this slips out it puts pressure on the surrounding nerves and is known as a slipped disc. These are a few approaches to treating a slipped disc.
Medication: Medication is used to provide relief from pain. It does not cure the condition. Regular over-the-counter medication may initially be prescribed. If these do not provide enough relief muscle relaxants may be recommended. In some cases anti-depressants are also recommended. These help increase the effect of endorphins, your body’s natural pain killers. Spinal injections are used to provide strong medication directly to the source of pain.
Physical Therapy: These methods can provide both immediate pain relief and long-term conditioning to prevent further injuries. Physical therapy consists of passive treatments that help relax your body and active treatments help strengthen your body.
Chiropractic Care: A chiropractor uses non-invasive manual adjustment techniques to help eliminate misalignments of the spine. These are used to treat a slipped disc or other back problems. The Flexion-Distraction technique uses a special table to ‘distract’ or stretch the spine and isolates the affected area. It is not painful. The Manipulation under Anesthesia technique involves a small dose of anesthesia under which the patient’s body is in a relaxed state. Chiropractic care may not be suitable for every patient with a slipped disc.
Posture Correction: We may not realise it but long-term posture errors can cause unnecessary strain on the spine. A posture analysis can be done at any age and should especially be done in cases of a herniated or slipped disc.
As you can see there are multiple non-surgical ways to treat a slipped disc. At Spinalogy Clinic, Pune we work as a team with our patients to finalize the most effective treatment plan for their slipped disc.
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