Care for a slipped disc

A slipped disc usually occurs in the neck or the back. Depending on the severity of the injury, it can be managed at home or require medical care.

Can home remedies be used?

A minor case of slipped disc can be cared for at home after a doctor has been consulted. The home treatment typically involves the applications of hot or cold packs, reducing the level of activity and pain medications such as naproxen, acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

Slipped disc
The doctor often suggests getting enough rest or limiting activity for a few days that is followed by gradual increase in the activity level over the next few weeks.

As the condition improves, specific back or neck stretching or strengthening exercises might be recommended by the doctor.

Treatment for a slipped disc

The doctor often suggests getting enough rest or limiting activity for a few days that is followed by gradual increase in the activity level over the next few weeks.

Remember that strict bed rest is not usually advisable since those who suffer from back pain are likely to recover rapidly with normal activity if bending, lifting and straining are reduced.

The application of ice packs early after the injury is recommended and switch to heat later. The heat can be used early if the pain and other symptoms are not due to abrupt injury. Exercise, physical therapy and massage might be beneficial if allowed by the doctor.

Medications

  • Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen is usually recommended. These are safe to be used along with acetaminophen as home remedy for a slipped disc.
  • The medications that relax the adjacent muscle tightness and spasms are also used in some cases.
  • A brief course of steroids such as prednisone might also be used.
  • Cortisone injections are used to suppress the inflammation to reduce the associated pain.
  • For pain control, narcotic medications are often added to be taken for a short time.

Quick Note / Disclaimer

The material posted on this page on a slipped is for learning and educational purposes only. To learn to recognize and manage neck and spinal injuries including a slipped disc, register for a first aid and CPR course with Mississauga First Aid.

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