How to Heal a Herniated Disc 

If you have a herniated disc, you know how painful and debilitating it can be. You may feel like you can’t perform even the simplest of tasks without experiencing pain. While there are several strategies you can use to find temporary relief from the pain your herniated disc is causing, they may not address the root cause. Fortunately, there is a solution that works by treating the problem, which resolves the underlying cause of serious disc issues and provides long-lasting relief.

To help you understand the problem and your treatment options, here’s a look at what causes a herniated disc, how to manage the symptoms, and how to tackle the problem at its very source by restoring the disc’s ability to self-repair.

What Causes a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc is usually caused by wear and tear on the discs that cushion your spinal vertebrae. As we age, our discs naturally start to degenerate and lose their water content, making them less flexible and more susceptible to injury. Other causes of herniated discs include trauma, heavy lifting without proper technique, and poor posture.

Ways to Manage the Symptoms of a Herniated Disc

  1. Rest and Activity Modification

One of the most important things you can do to manage a herniated disc is to give your body time to rest and heal. This means avoiding any activities that may exacerbate the pain, such as heavy lifting or bending over. Instead, focus on gentle stretches and exercises that can help alleviate pain and improve mobility.

2. Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can be an effective way to find temporary relief from a herniated disc. A physical therapist can work with you to develop a customized exercise program that targets the affected area. These exercises may include stretches, strengthening exercises, and aerobic activities.

3. Anti-Inflammatory Medications

In addition to rest, gentle exercise, and alternative therapies, medication can also play a role in managing pain from a herniated disc. While medications cannot cure the condition, they can help reduce pain and inflammation, allowing patients to engage in activities that promote healing.

Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen can be effective in reducing inflammation and pain associated with herniated discs. However, these medications should be taken under the guidance of a healthcare provider, as they can have side effects such as stomach upset and increased risk of bleeding. You can also apply ice to the affected area for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day.

Treat the Root of the Problem at The Nerve & Disc Institute

Have you tried all of the above and are still suffering from a painful herniated disc? Before visiting The Nerve & Disc Institute, many of our patients have already undergone a range of treatments including chiropractic, physical therapy, injections, pain medications, and laser treatments, and in some cases, even surgery, all in a bid to alleviate their pain. Unfortunately, these interventions often fail to provide long-term relief.

Fortunately, we offer a unique, non-invasive treatment program that works by activating the body’s natural self-repair mechanisms to address the problem, not just the symptoms of the problem. By tapping into these mechanisms, healing occurs, conditions get better, and you’ll feel better naturally. Our approach provides new hope for those who have been suffering from chronic pain.

Final Thoughts

Are you tired of simply treating the pain your condition is causing? It’s time to treat the problem that caused your condition in the first place and find long-lasting relief. A herniated disc can be a painful and debilitating condition, but with the right approach, you may be able to heal it effectively. The Nerve and Disc Institute provides treatment that could provide you relief and help you get back to your daily activities. Contact The Nerve & Disc Institute today to schedule an appointment.