Your physician can prescribe over-the-counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory medicines like Ibuprofen to relieve pain. In severe pain, opioids can be prescribed. Also, your doctor can prescribe muscle relaxants to relax painful areas and anticonvulsants to alleviate nerve pain.
Physical Therapy Using Chiropractic Techniques
Most individuals with herniated discs can be treated using noninvasive procedures. You can contact a chiropractor to heal your painful symptoms naturally. Your chiropractor shall, after assessing the damage caused by the herniated disk, perform the following methods:
Here, your chiropractor would stretch your spine by lightly applying force in the affected area using a gentle pumping rhythm.
Manipulation under anesthesia (MUA):
Here, the chiropractor uses a short period of sedation (about 6 mins) to stretch and manipulate the affected area to relieve the symptoms.
Pelvic blocking techniques:
Your chiropractor shall put cushioned wedges under both sides of your pelvis. That would naturally draw the herniated disk away from the affected nerve, allowing it to heal.
Other chiropractic treatment options
Your chiropractor can suggest other techniques to make the treatment more effective based on your condition. Some of the methods are as follows:
Surgery is often considered in severe cases of herniated disks. Your chiropractor can refer you to a specialist, where surgery is required, to help you get the desired results.
Surgical treatment can include the following:
Disc replacement where herniated discs are replaced with artificial implants
Discectomy where all or part of the disc is removed
Laminectomy, where part of the vertebrae may be removed to make room for the nerves
Spinal fusion, where the surgeon can join two or more vertebrae together
Nucleotomy, where the disc's nucleus is removed via suction or laser excision