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Disc Injuries

Treatment For a Slipped Disc

Effective treatment requires the patient to undergo physical therapy that involves activities such as moderate exercise. The affected area can also be massaged in order to reduce the pain. When pain is severe, pain medication can be prescribed for relief. If recovery is too slow or the pain is debilitating, it may be necessary to undergo a surgical procedure. Surgical intervention usually involves the partial removal of the disc so as to resolve the compression. A slipped disc can occur when one engages in rigorous physical activity or falls down. It can also occur when one is involved in an accident. As a condition, it is not typically associated with far reaching symptoms but pain is felt as a result of the pressure that is caused by the damaged disc.

When the nerve root is affected, a sensation of arms and legs can be expected. It is also common for the legs to feel numb. With the spinal chord, there may be difficulty in bladder control as well as lack of sensation in the legs or arms. The doctor needs to physically examine the patient and take note of his or her history as far as their health is concerned. A scan makes it easier to identify the ruptured disc and make an accurate diagnosis. Since other conditions can cause similar symptoms such as those felt when a slipped disc occurs, a MRI Scan is vital.

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7 Responses to “Treatment For a Slipped Disc”

  1. In your information there was no mntieon of any physical therapy. Seeing a therapist that works on backs would be something for you to look into. They would evaluate your posture for that has such a large part in this and to see what muscular imbalances are present. Do you have muscular weakness or is this just pain that is the main focus of the complaint. Weakness is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly and consulting with a neurologist would be helpful. A neurologist is a physician that doesn’t perform surgery so if they recommend it that carries a large amount of weight. A good course of physical therapy in most cases will help you significantly. Remember when a surgical procedure is done there is no reversing it. Surgery should be the treatment of last resort.

    Posted by Ana | May 31, 2012, 1:12 pm
    • I had similar sytmopms, but I had a tumor. So; that would have showed up in the MRI. if you aren’t happy with your ortho; go find another one. I have been through 3 orthos and 2 orthopedic onocologist b/c I have to have an agressive doctor that is willing to really figure out the problem. So; just discuss with the doctor that you don’t want to give up and b/c he thinks he isn’t going to be able to figure it out if he would recommend someone else. If he doesn’t, just start calling around or ask some people in town. Good Luck.

      Posted by Mariel | January 8, 2013, 11:35 am
  2. Did the MRI reveal anyhnitg definitive?Have you gone to a pain management doctor?They can give steroid injections at the affected area that will work as a band aid or an alternative to opiates.The injections can last for a couple of weeks.Also a TENS unit is an option.It is an electrical massage that can be benefical.Also called an RS unit.Trigger point therapy can be helpful.Until you know what is causing the problem stick with the doctors and trigger point therapy.Don’t go to a chiropractor until you have a diagnosis and the neurologist and doctor agree that it may help you.I understand what your going through although I have a definitive diagnosis.The tens unit,percs and muscle relaxants have been my keeping me sane.So ask your doctor if you would be a good candidate for the TENS unit.It atleast allows your back to feel something other than pain.Hang in there!

    Posted by Kelin | January 8, 2013, 2:49 pm
  3. If you slipped a disc it’s bucease you have tight back muscles for they are pulling your vertebrae together hard enough to cause the disc to slip out of it’s natural setting. Getting the pressure off the vertebrae will let the disc go back to where it belongs and is done by freeing up your back muscles which will also get rid of the pain you have. Here’s how to free up those muscles to fix the slipped disc:Back:(do from a sitting position)Place your left hand on your left leg next to your body. Place your right hand over your left shoulder, fingers over the back and the palm in the front and firmly pull down on them and hold. After 30 seconds slowly lower your body forward and to the outside of your left leg, keeping your left arm fairly straight as you do. When you reach your lap remain there for another 10 seconds, release the pressure but rest there for another 30 seconds. Then reverse your hand positions and do your right side.For best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed. This will put you where you can get back to playing tennis right away.

    Posted by Karla | April 10, 2013, 2:46 am

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