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    Slipped Disk Treatment

    Call 911 if the person has a slipped disk and:

    • Loses bladder or bowel control
    • Has weakness in the arms or legs
    • Has numbness in the inner, upper part of the thighs

    • Loses bladder or bowel control
    • Has weakness in the arms or legs
    • Has numbness in the inner, upper part of the thighs

    1. Treat Pain

    • Changing positions or shifting posture may reduce immediate discomfort. For example, laying on the back, with feet on a chair and knees at a 90-degree angle, can sometimes be quite comfortable for back problems.
    • Apply a cold compress several times a day for no more than 20 minutes at a time.
    • Give nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (such as Motrin, Aleve, Advil or Naprosyn).

    2. Have the Person Rest

    • Bed rest for a day or two may help, but no longer than that; it is important to become active again sooner rather than later.
    • The person should avoid activities such as lifting or pushing.

    3. See a Health Care Provider

    • All slipped disks should be evaluated.

    4. Follow Up

    • Most people feel better within six weeks.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on January 17, 2016

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