Before trying any home remedies, you should approach a qualified healthcare professional for a proper assessment first. Examples of non-medical home remedies include:
You may notice short-term relief from a lumbar support device or back brace. It is important to find a brace that fits the shape of your spine in its pain-free position.
Sometimes, wearing a brace may increase the pain instead. You should stop wearing your brace if it increases your pain.
Do not use the back brace for more than 2 weeks. Otherwise, your muscles will start to adapt and lose strength as they get accustomed to the brace.
In general, yoga can help to reduce your back pain, strengthen your core and prevent further injury. As a slipped disc is a serious injury, you should seek permission from your doctor and professional advice from a trained yoga instructor. You may also consider guided exercises with an experienced physiotherapist as an alternative to yoga.
While training, you should not perform any moves that increase the original pain. Avoid poses that require you to:
Gentle activities like walking can help with a herniated disc as long as it does not increase pain.
A: Not all herniated discs heal naturally. In the cases of slipped discs that do heal naturally, it may take 4 – 6 weeks to feel better.
A: Signs and symptoms depend on where the disc is situated and whether the disc is pressing on a nerve. Most herniated discs occur in the lower back, although they can also occur in the neck, and usually affect one side of the body.
You will most likely experience:
A: Yes, a degenerate bulging disc can sometimes rupture and develop into a herniated disc.
Although bulging discs and herniated discs both affect discs in your spine, they are different conditions:
A: Yes, an untreated, severe slipped disc can lead to permanent nerve damage.
In very rare cases, a slipped disc can cut off nerve impulses to the collection of nerves in your neck, arms and lower back and legs. Nerve damage can cause:
A: While the probability of relapse after surgery is low, there is no guarantee your slipped disc will not recur.
Possible recurrence depends on a number of factors, such as the:
A: While bulging discs may be painless, slipped discs are more likely to cause pain and irritate nerve roots.
A: A herniated disc sometimes heals on its own over time, under the right care and treatment.
If your symptoms do not get better after 6 weeks – 3 months, you may require surgical treatment. Seek medical help if you experience:
A: If left untreated, a serious slipped disc can result in:
A: If you have a herniated disc, you should avoid: