Suggest treatment for slipped disc

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Posted on Mon, 1 Aug 2016 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: What is the permanent cure for frequent episodes of slip disk I. e it happens 3 or 4 times a year & I have to take rest for 4 or 4 days each time along with pain killers for a week
XXXX age 58
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Answered by Dr. Priyanka G Raj 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
limited activity and surgery

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks for the query
I can understand your concern.

Treatment for the slipped disk includes
1.Application of hot or cold packs over the painful area
2.Take rest or limited activity for several days followed by gradual increase in
activity over the next few weeks. Strict bed rest is generally not advised
because people with back pain have been shown to recover more quickly with
normal activity as long as lifting, bending, and straining are limited.
3.
4. As your condition improves, specific neck or back stretching or strengthening
exercises may be suggested.
5. Physical therapy, exercise, and massage can be helpful if indicated (always
check with your doctor before resuming any stressful activity).

Medications Treat a Slipped Disk
1 Basic pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), naproxen (Aleve), and
ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) can be taken if required.
2.You can take muscle relaxants to relax the surrounding muscle tightness and spasms like tablet ultracet.
3. A short course of a medical steroid (corticosteroids, similar to cortisone), such
as prednisone, also may be used.
4 Injections of cortisone (Depo-Medrol, Kenalog) can help suppress the inflammation and therefore the associated pain.

Surgery
Several surgical options exist. As you are getting it frequently, you can opt for surgery,you should consult spine surgical specialist (an orthopedic or neurosurgeon) to discuss which option is best for you and what the likelihood of success will be.

Prevention
1 Regular exercise can improve the overall strength and tone of the supporting
muscles and structures
2 Use proper techniques while performing strenuous exercise and strenuous work,
including lifting. Lifting should be done with the legs performing the work, not
the back. The worst possible combination of activities for your spine is heavy
lifting while bending and twisting simultaneously.
3 Use of a spine brace during heavy lifting may be advised
4 If you are overweight, losing weight can help decrease the back pain

By following above methods , you can prevent your slip disk problem to an extent.

Thank you
Take care

Regards
Dr Priyanka G Raj
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