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Coral Gables / PRC - Herniated Disc
Treatment for a herniated disc can be successfully accomplished in a number of ways. Because the pain that stems from a herniated disc is caused by pressure on the spinal cord, the most effective herniated disc treatments involve rest and strengthening your back muscles. Since surgery is rarely needed to correct a herniated disc, many doctors recommend a path towards herniated disc pain relief that begins with a short period of increased rest followed by a gradual increase in activity. If work requires you to be sitting for prolonged periods of time, sitting with proper posture coupled with icing the lower back and pain relief medication can also help you manage the pain.
With the simple treatment for herniated disc listed above, most people recover within one or two months. X-rays and other forms of imaging have shown that the protruding part of the disc that causes the discomfort generally shrinks and heals itself over time. As such, the key to herniated disc pain relief is to create a comfortable environment for your lower back. After a short period of increased bed rest (and once the pain has noticeably subsided), you should take advantage of the beautiful Coral Gables weather and add swimming or walking to your daily routine to help strengthen your lower back.
Depending on the severity of the pain, physical therapy can also be used as treatment for herniated disc pain. A physical therapist can teach you useful exercises and stretches that can be coupled with heat or ice to further help you manage herniated disc pain and get on the fast track to making a complete recovery.
If you’re suffering from herniated disc pain, stop by Relax The Back Coral Gables to speak with one of our in-store back care product consultants and get more herniated disc pain relief information that will help you live an active, pain-free lifestyle.