Can I Relieve My Herniated Disc At Home?
Yes. In most cases, the pain should subside over time. Typically, if you rest for 1-3 days and take over the counter pain medicine, the pain should go away. You can also try applying heat or ice to the affected area, as well.
That said, if the pain is severe or worsens, you should strongly consider seeing a specialist.
When Should I See A Specialist?
While pain from a herniated disc will oven go way in time—often over a period of one to three days, you should see a herniated disc specialist in Dallas if your symptoms get worse, if notice any tingling or numbness, or loss of strength in your arms, hands, legs, or feet, or if you have trouble standing or walking. You should also see a specialist if the pain is strong enough that it interferes with your daily life.
How Is A Herniated Disc Treated?
Treatment for the vast majority of patients with a herniated disc does not normally include surgery.
The primary element of conservative treatment is controlled physical activity. Usually treatment will begin with a modification of activity and then a gradual return to protected activities. Sitting, bending, lifting and twisting are not beneficial for this condition because they put a large amount of stress and pressure on the lumbar spine, which may increase the pressure on the affected nerve root.
The appropriate use of medication is an important part of conservative treatment, as well. This can include anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesics and muscle relaxants. Your doctor also may recommend an anti-inflammatory spinal injection for the area of the affected nerve root to lessen swelling and irritation caused by the damaged disc.
Can A Herniated Disc Heal Without Surgery?
Yes. Generally speaking, most people who experience pain from herniated disc will experience relief without any invasive procedures. Depending on your condition, alternatives to alternatives to surgery for a herniated disc in Dallas may include anti-inflammatory pain reliever or muscle relaxants, physical therapy, or spinal injections.
Surgery is usually only considered an option when treatments fail, or in rare emergency situations.
The benefits of spine surgery, however, must be weighed against the risks. Our herniated disc surgeons in Dallas will be able to discuss the risks and benefits of surgery with you, and the likely results of operative versus non-operative treatment.
Are There Herniated Disc Specialists in Dallas?
Yes. In fact, we can work with several at the Comprehensive Spine Center of Dallas.
If you’re experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms and are considering you have a herniated disc, contact us to schedule an appointment today. We can perform a thorough diagnosis of your condition and provide the best herniated disc treatments available in Dallas.