If you have a herniated disc, you know that the symptoms can be quite painful. Learn more about some of the possible treatment options that you help you manage the pain.
A spine-related condition, herniated disc is a common spinal problem that mostly affects people who are young or middle-aged. There are small rubbery cushions called disks between the vertebrae (individual bones) that make up your spine. A herniated disc means a problem with one of these discs, as sometimes a disc pushes out through cracks in the exterior and puts pressure on the nerves surrounding the spine. This condition can result in irritation of the nerves and lead to a sensation of pain, weakness, or numbness in your limbs. But at the same time, many people suffering from a herniated disc do not experience any symptoms. A herniated disc most commonly affects the lumbar spine (lower back) or cervical spine (neck), even though it can occur anywhere on your spine.
If you have a herniated disc, there are a number of treatment options available, and you can choose the one most helpful for you in consultation with your doctor. Here are some tips that can help you deal with the pain associated with a herniated disc.
If your herniated disc pain is mild, some easy home remedies can bring much relief, without the side effects of heavy chemical medication. Hot/cold compresses are one of the sure-fire ways to deal with this pain. Apply an ice pack initially on the affected area to relieve the pain and inflammation. After a few days, switching to a heating pad can bring further relief and comfort from the pain. Avoiding strenuous activities and getting adequate rest is another simple way to control the pain arising from a herniated disc. However, too much rest is not good either, as it can make your muscles weak and joints stiff. The best way to maintain a balance would be to rest in a comfortable position for around half an hour, and then do some light work or go for a short walk. These home remedies can help in relieving pain and aid the healing process; however, it is important to consult your doctor before trying out any self-treatment techniques to ensure that you do not worsen your condition.
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