Treatment for a slipped disc will differ based on the severity of your symptoms. For mild cases, doctors will usually recommend non-surgical options first. These may include:
- Topical pain relief such as hot or cold packs
- Pain medication such as muscle relaxants and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
- Physiotherapy and rehabilitation to minimise the risk of recurring pain and injury
Surgery is typically recommended for more severe cases, those who are unable to gain relief from non-surgical options, or situations where the pressure on the spinal cord is causing health-related complications such as incontinence or difficulty walking.
The usual procedure is a discectomy to remove a portion of the herniated disc. This will alleviate pressure on the nerve, relieve pain and improve leg and back strength.
Consult an orthopaedic surgeon to determine the treatment method most suitable for you.
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