Question by  Caryn (36)

What can be done for a protruding spinal disc?

I have a protruding spinal disc and would like to avoid surgery.


Answer by  Jessie124 (1885)

Don't lift anything heavy for at least a month. Make sure you get plenty of rest. Alternate between hot and cold therapy, and take some OTC anti-inflammatory medication. If your doctor recommends it, you could try cortisone shots, also. Make sure you are under a doctor's care, because back problems can worsen easily and become extremely painful.


Answer by  NYCCDC (311)

Conservative treatments such as manipulation, decompression, traction therapy, and physical therapy are all great methods to treat a protruding disc. Most of the time, patients will find significant relief with solid conservative care and patient compliance with recommended home care exercises. Consult either a chiropractor or physical therapist for these treatment options.


Answer by  efranftw (31)

Some physical therapy can be applied- particularly ultrasound, massage, conditioning and exercise; also massage therapy. Oral steroids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or epidural injection can also aid in the related pain and inflaming tissues.


Answer by  dryuha (735)

Mild to moderate cases will improve over time with correct exercises and physiotherapy. However, in severe cases surgery will be inevitable.


Answer by  John (9008)

Although only your doctor can tell for sure, a protruding disc usually requires surgery. There are braces that can help, as well, but the problem will not heal on its own, and medication will not help.


Answer by  Liz59 (10966)

Well, you should join bikram yoga. It will help align all of your joints and bones. It is especially good for the back.


Answer by  chen2 (508)

Please go for constant check up with your family physician. But you can try going to massages - of course have the therapist take a good health history, chiropractors, physiotherapist can help reduce the pain.


Answer by  Angela17 (697)

There are a few things that can be helpful to you. Surgery being one if thats not the route you would like to take, you can start therapy. You need to talk to your doctor about all your options because he is the only one that knows what is best.

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