Conservative Care For Disc Herniation

How Conservative Care For Disc Herniation Can Help

An alternate angle of a female doctor showing her a spinal replicaIf you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc, a condition that causes chronic pain in the lower back, neck pain or leg pain and weakness, then you know how debilitating this condition can be. There was a time when the main treatment was for you to undergo surgery to correct it, but not everyone could handle it and the recovery time could often be just as painful to handle as the condition itself. Why go through all of that when the conservative care for disc herniation plan can achieve a more natural cure, easing your pain and giving you the strength to avoid future injury?

Curious as to whether the conservative care for disc herniation can cure your chronic back pain? All of us at Lakeland Spine Center care about your health and want you feeling better as soon as possible. Call us today for an immediate consultation.

What is a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc is one that has become damaged or aged and has been shifted out of its normal place among the vertebrae of the spine. Once shifted, it can press upon the delicate nerves that run alongside the spine and disrupt neural activity, causing you to experience chronic back pain, neck pain and numbness, tingling or weakness in your arms or legs. Treatment of herniated disc can vary but the most effective plan is that of conservative care for herniated disc, which combines physical therapy methods with chiropractic care to end your pain and promote natural healing.

Physical Therapy

To begin, we will apply ice and heat treatments to the area where the herniated disc presses upon the spinal nerve, to help the surrounding muscles to relax, ease the pain and get the blood flowing to the tissues, promoting healing. Next, you will be taught certain exercises that will strengthen the muscles surrounding your spine, especially in the lower back or lumbar region. When your muscles are stronger, they can better support your spine, and take the pressure off of it and the damaged disc.

Chiropractic Care


Two very basic methods are used during this part of your therapy: spinal decompression and traction. Both therapies are designed to ease the pressure from the vertebrae on the disc, manipulating them, easing the vertebrae apart, so that the disc can slip back into place, where it can rest and begin to heal naturally. The treatments will also reduce your pain, improve your movement and flexibility and increase blood flow to the tissues involved so it can all begin to heal on its own.

Medications

During the conservative care for herniated disc treatment plan, you may be given pain medication to start, as well as muscle relaxing drugs to alleviate muscle spasms and pressure upon the disc and nerve. Prescribed periods of rest will also help you get back on the road to recovery faster and safer, without necessarily resorting to surgery or stronger narcotics.