When back pain affects you or a family member, you might despair of ever getting a good night's sleep. Pain can disturb the sleep your family needs, night after night. But experts say that with proper treatment, the chances are very good that you or your loved one can get relief from back pain and enjoy normal sleep. Below, find out about treatments and lifestyle tips for better sleep.
Physical therapy may be recommended by
your doctor. A physical therapist can treat you with physical or mechanical
means-such as through exercise or heat-and teach you exercises to do at home to
strengthen the muscles that support your lower back and help prevent
use complementary and alternative medicine along with standard or conventional
care to treat leg and back pain caused by a herniated disc. Although no large
studies have proved the effectiveness or safety of these treatments, they may
help some people. Some examples include:2
Manipulation, such as chiropractic or osteopathic
therapies, which has produced mixed results for people with herniated discs but
is likely to help some people.
Talk to your doctor about the potential benefits and
risks before using complementary and alternative medicine to treat a herniated
Research continues on
herniated disc treatments that do not involve open surgery. For example, laser
discectomy uses a focused beam of light to dissolve a herniated disc. Although
this technology has been used by some surgeons for several years, it is
considered experimental because of the lack of studies on its effectiveness and
safety.2 It appears to be less effective than standard
Other treatments that have
been tried include removing the center of the disc, and removing all or part of
the disc by using suction. These treatments are not considered to be
What To Think About
Consider waiting 4 weeks before
using manipulation to treat a herniated disc. Many people with a herniated disc
have a significant improvement in symptoms during this time period.1
Ask your doctor about other treatments that may
help your symptoms caused by a herniated disc.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 21, 2010
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