Herniated Disc Treatment

Posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2011 by anna

The spine is one of the most important parts of the human body. Our daily life’s activities, as well as our movements, are dependent on this column of bones otherwise called the vertebrae. As we age or may have become injured, the spine can have a plethora of problems associated with it. Common problems can be a herniated disc or a slipped disc.

In the vertebral column, the hard exterior of the spine encases a softer, longitudinal ligament, almost like a “jelly donut” sitting between each spinal vertebra, and this is called the spinal disc. Initially, this spinal disc is soft and elastic in nature. However, it becomes more rigid with age. As it becomes more rigid, it is likely to rupture and the inner soft portion might protrude.

This condition is called a herniated disc and can arise due to a number of causes, the most common being:
* In the event of a sudden fall or accident
* Naturally occurring, due to wear and tear of the spine

This can lead to a compression of the nerve roots in the spine, which can cause numbness, burning, or pain sensations in the lower back.

In many cases, the slipped disc subsides over time without the need for any type of therapy or medication. However, that is not always the case. For these cases, the treatment for a herniated disc can be divided into the following forms:

Medications

* For persistent pain, medicine such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or codeine can be taken. If the pain still does not subside, muscle relaxers such as diazepam, and in later stages, injections can help suppresses the inflammation.

Physical Therapy

* There are various exercises, which under the proper guidance of a physical therapist can minimize the pain. Further, there is a number of strengthening and flexibility exercises as well that can help symptoms.

Acupuncture

* Acupuncture is a natural, and highly effective herniated disc treatment, when used in combination with cold laser therapy or electrical stimulation.

Chiropractics

* Gentle and controlled traction of the spine is one of the most utilized treatments for reducing the pain associated with a herniated disc. As the spine is stretched, the tension on the spinal disc is relieved.

For any further questions on which method is the most suitable for you, call our experts at (847) 299-7000 today. We are here to help you!

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