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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 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

  • Lying flat for a day or two may help, but no longer than that; it is important to become active again sooner 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

  • The health care provider may recommend muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory medications, injections of pain reliever, acupuncture, or physical therapy.
  • Most people feel better within six weeks.
  • In some cases, back surgery is necessary.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Kiefer, MD on November 08, 2013

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