A herniated disk is an issue with the jelly-like cushion that sits between the vertebrae in your spine. Often, it means that the cushion between those vertebrae is getting compressed so it’s protruding out and causing pain. There are a handful of different treatments for herniated disks, so we’re going to talk about some of those and how they can help you with your situation.
Treatment with Medication
The severity of your pain with a herniated disk can vary. Based on your level of pain, the medicinal treatment that you receive can change. Sometimes, the pain is mild enough where over-the-counter medication does the trick. Sometimes, your pain is more severe and you need something different. Your care provider might choose to prescribe you something like muscle relaxers or give you a cortisone shot. Because of the possibility of addiction, doctors try to avoid prescribing you opioids. However, if other medications don’t work, your doctor might consider prescribing you opioid medication for a short period of time. The options vary, so you should discuss them with your care provider to determine the best method for you.
We at Tieperman Health and Wellness prefer treatments like physical therapy because it doesn’t come with the same side effects as medication, and it’s a natural way of healing. Physical therapy could be an option to help you with your pain from a herniated disk. One of our professionals could show you and teach you exercises and stretches that would help! Supervised sessions are also helpful because a physical therapist can adjust your exercises and ensure you’re doing them correctly.
After six weeks or so, your care provider might suggest surgery to repair your herniated disk. This is relatively rare with this condition, but specific symptoms might make it more likely you’ll need surgery. Such symptoms include:
- Poorly controlled pain
- Numbness or weakness
- Difficulty standing or walking
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
The surgery usually involves removing the protruding portion of the disk, but rarely, the surgeon will have to remove the whole disk. If they do, your vertebrae may be fused with a bone graft, and metal hardware will be placed to create more spinal stability.
If you’ve experienced back pain and suspect you might have a herniated disk, contact Tieperman Health and Wellness today. Our professionals would be happy to set up a consultation with you. You shouldn’t be dealing with pain that you could be free from, so contact our office today to set up an appointment!