The pain you experience from a herniated disc will more than likely have you running to the nearest medical professional for relief. It is extremely painful and not something you should have to tolerate. Waiting out the pain need not be an option. Being active about treatment is the best way to move forward and get back to the life you deserve.
While the pain may be intense, a herniated disc in your neck does not mean surgery is in your future. In fact, many patients improve without surgery. Rest, a neck collar, medications for inflammation and pain, and physical therapy are common treatments for a herniated disc in the neck.
A herniated disc is so painful because, when working correctly, the jellylike disc acts like a cushion between the bone vertebrae in your spine. As the spine twists and turns, supports weight and movement, the discs cushion the impact between vertebrae. A herniated disc is when that jellylike cushion leaks and irritates the nerves surrounding it. Any area of the body served by the irritated nerves is then affected, weakened and left hurting.
Following an initial injury, it is common to rest for a day or two, but it is also vital that this period is short and movement begins, to prevent joints from stiffening and muscles weakening. Through the use of manual therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, our specialists can help you manage the pain and promote healing.
A physical therapist will help guide you through neck and shoulder stretches to alleviate the pain. Certain high-impact exercises should be avoided during the healing process. Our specialist can help you modify your day-to-day activities in such a way that movements aggravating your neck are minimized and the healing process is maximized. Targeted support can be provided that will help to make daily activities such as driving, sitting at a desk and even sleeping easier.
Contact us today to learn more. Our specialists can create a personalized treatment plan that will allow your herniated disc to heal while also strengthening the surrounding muscles and increasing range of motion. Don’t tackle a herniated disc in the neck alone. Seek treatment and get back to your life.