Back ailments such as a slipped or herniated disc can be painfully sensitive and irritable. Conditions of this kind are frequently triggered by an injury or weakness that causes the inner portion of the disc to protrude through the outer ring.
The pain and discomfort that accompanies a slipped disc can vary from mild to harsh, depending on the severity of the condition. To that end, if the slipped disc begins to compress any number of spinal nerves, numbness and overall pain can significantly increase.
The first step in addressing any back or spinal issue is to undergo a physical exam and correctly diagnose the condition. At Tieperman Health & Wellness in Frisco, TX, we specialize in treating back pain in all its forms, including rupterd or bulging (“slipped”) discs. Your doctor will locate the primary source of pain while assessing the overall functionality of nerves and muscles in the affected area. If necessary, your doctor may suggest performing an imaging test such as an X-ray or CT scan to assess the bones and muscles in the damaged area.
The next step in the process requires evaluating the most suitable form and method of treatment. Treatments for a slipped disc range from simple rest to surgery, depending on the level of pain and distance the disc has moved. With this in mind, the most practical and accepted treatment methods include:
- Core Training. The core plays a vital role in supporting and stabilizing the lower back and spine. Weak core muscles can lead to increased strain and stress on the back, which is a major cause of slipped discs. Look to core training as both a prevention and treatment technique. Regaining strength and structure in the affected area of the back is of the utmost importance. Always consult your doctor in advance.
- Electrotherapy. Electrotherapy techniques such as laser therapy, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), and Interferential therapy (IFT) help treat discomfort and block pain signals to the brain.
- Myofascial Release. Applying slow and continued pressure through massage therapy helps to release stress and strain in the back.
- Endurance Training. Similar to the effect of core training, endurance training should help rebuild and strengthen the back muscles. Again, consult your doctor before starting a training regime.
- Taping. Applying K-tape or athletic tape to an affected area aids in relieving the discomfort by offloading pressure and increasing blood circulation in the affected areas.
- Surgery. As the last resort, your doctor may recommend slipped disc surgery or minimally-invasive surgery (MIS). Most surgeries last around 15 minutes and necessitate at least 2 hours of rest before returning home.
In most cases of a slipped disc, conservative treatments can greatly support the healing process and diminish the associated pain and discomfort, even within 6 week period. For more information about slipped disc treatment, or to consult a medical professional, contact Tierperman Health & Wellness Center in Frisco, Texas. Our experienced staff is more than happy to assist you along the road to a full recovery.