Treatment of a slipped disc includes:
- Alternating hot and cold packs to reduce sciatica
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and muscle relaxants
- Physiotherapy involving stretching and exercises to reduce sciatica for patients with sciatica
- Rehabilitation programme to minimise the risk of recurring injuries
Surgery is typically recommended only if nonsurgical treatment has not relieved painful symptoms, or if patients experience further symptoms such as muscle weakness and difficulty walking.
Discectomy to remove a portion of the herniated disc will alleviate pressure on the nerve, and the goal of the procedure is to 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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