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Non-Surgical Treatment for Herniated Discs

By Richard Console on July 19, 2010

Have you recently been in an accident that’s resulted in dull or sharp back pain, pain that originates in the spine and shoots down the arm or leg, tingling in the back, arms, or legs, or muscle spasms or cramping?

It’s quite possible you have a herniated disc. Discs, which are located between vertebrae, become herniated when they rupture and leak. Herniated discs can occur anywhere along the spine. Herniated discs can result from wear and tear, but many of them are the result of incidents such as car accidents, or slips and falls.

At the very worst a herniated disc can be severe and debilitating, and can cause you to be bedridden; at the best, a herniated disc can prevent you from participating in everyday activities like you used to, or can sideline you from the things you enjoy doing.

Luckily, only about 10 percent of herniated discs require surgery. That means the large majority of cases can be resolved with non-surgical interventions. After bed rest and reduced activity to reduce swelling, common treatments include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories; steroid injections; massage; physical therapy that may include electrical stimulation, ultrasound treatment, ice and heat therapy, and stretching; and chiropractic care.

What if non-surgical treatments don’t work? In that case, you may be a good candidate for surgery. There are several different types of surgeries. Your doctor should be able to explain them all, and can recommend the type of surgery that best suits your particular situation. However, because surgery is risky, and because it is not guaranteed to work, it should be a last resort. In most cases, symptoms associated with herniated discs can be resolved with a well thought out treatment plan.

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