Managing Pain from a Herniated Disc
The holidays are upon us, and that means it’s time for cheer, gift-giving, family, friends and, yes, potential back injuries. Whether it’s from hanging a wreath, putting up the lights outside or erecting the tree, there are hundreds of injuries that occur every year during the holidays. One of the most painful kinds of back injuries you can suffer is a herniated disc. If you suffer from back pain in Woodbridge and need individualized care, there are a variety of options available.
The main goal in caring for a herniated disc is to help patients get relief from the pain and symptoms that go along with the injury. This means that an individualized plan must be crafted which takes into account the location of the injury, the source and severity of the pain, and the exact symptoms.
The first approach to managing a herniated disc is not always surgery; often, a more conservative approach is taken. These options may involve medication as well as other physical therapy services to help the body heal on its own. More and more doctors are preferring such care to surgery. Options for non-invasive care of back injuries can include:
- Physical therapy
- Stretching and exercise routines
- Hot/cold therapy
- Chiropractic spinal manipulation
- NSAID (non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs)
- Prescription narcotic medications
- Steroid-based anti-inflammatories
- Injectable medication to relieve pain and inflammation
In some cases, the pain, discomfort and injury are too much for the patient to bear, or the injured person may suffer weakness, a loss of function, and progressive difficulty in the extremities, be it pain or loss of sensation. In such cases where physical therapy and chiropractic care are not effective, surgery may be indicated.
Lumbar decompression surgery is the normal surgical approach to this problem. The surgery is minimally invasive and removes the herniated portion of the disc, allowing the spine to relax and return to normal function after a period of recovery.
Recovery from Surgery
Usually, following surgery, the course of non-surgical care resumes, including the use of medication to relieve pain and inflammation followed by physical therapy, stretching and exercise routines, and possibly further spinal manipulation through chiropractic. Recovery time following surgery usually takes a few weeks after which the pain subsides and therapy is able to progress.
Back Pain in Woodbridge
Chiropractic medicine is an important service that bridges the gap between our skeleton, muscles and nerves. It helps patients to manage the relationship between these three core functions in our bodies, and make sure that everything is functioning just as it should. It can help to relieve all manner of pain and reduced function, including that from a herniated disc.
If you live in the Woodbridge area and have suffered back pain, our Chiropractic Physicians may be able to help. It’s never too soon to get started managing your back pain. Feel free to get in touch with us today for answers to all of your questions, or to schedule an appointment for an examination.
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