Many people suffer from disabling pain due to one or more herniated disc. This condition involves the nerves and when irritated can send pain, numbness and tingling to many areas of the body making day to day life very difficult. No matter how little relief you may have gotten from pain medication and or injections other options are available to help alleviate the pain. There is more to do other than medication and injections. While these methods are fine there are proactive steps you can take to help the healing process and relieve the pain. This helps you to achieve optimal healing and relief.
3 Ways to Relieve Herniated Disc Pain
Herniated disc pain attacks the back making it impossible to get comfortable. The pain consumes you, learn three easy things to do at home to stop pain.
What Causes Back Pain
The agonizing pain of back injuries or damage is often unbearable, there is help to relieve that pain.
Blood Flow Issues - A big factor preventing relief is blood flow, the disc have a firm outer layer while the center is soft. The soft part is the area from which the disc gets much needed nutrition and oxygen to stay healthy. The fact that the disc of the spine has a sluggish blood supply makes it difficult to heal because blood is the main delivery source carrying what the disc needs to heal. Medication enters by way of the blood stream. Because of this disc can take a very long time to heal. You can move progress along by being proactive.
The pain and discomfort you experience comes from the nerve of the spine being pinched by the herniated disc.
This happens when the firm outer part of the disc tears and the soft center starts to push out through the tears creating a bulge in the disc.
The nerves of the spine control the entire body and the bulging disc affects the nerves and the area at which they normally exit the spine venturing throughout the body.
The pain and symptoms you experience depend on the nerves that are being affected by the herniated disc.
What Back Pain Means
The symptoms you experience lead to the area of the back harmed or damaged causing different types of symptoms.
Example; If you experience back pain, leg pain, leg weakness, numbness, burning, problems with your bowel and bladder, etc. your herniated disc is in your low back.
You may still have numerous symptoms in other parts of your body because the affected nerve moves through you body and causes problems wherever it goes and possibly other areas along its path.
Doctors recommend medications, pain injections of steroids and epidurals ( to numb the problem area), physical therapy, and surgery (the last resort).
Many back pain sufferers report that these treatments don’t provide long term relief or cure.
3 Things to Ease Back Pain
These are tips you can do yourself at home and with little cost.
1. Therapy balls or the large balls commonly used as a work out technique to strengthen the bodies core muscles. Set on one of these large balls and gently bounce up and down for 4 minutes each day. This pumps the disc sending much needed blood and oxgyen to the area needing the nutrients mentioned early to heal the disc. This exercise delivers pain relief quicker and helps to heal the disc more quickly as well.
2. Ice, I know, I know it sound simple but it works. NOTE: do not use heat that’s the worst thing to try for this problem because it causes more swelling and pain! Using ice correctly will provide relief, so do it right! Ice will reduce the swelling around the sensitive nerve, numb the nerve and reduce inflammation so it feels better. The correct way to ice your disc is once every hour for up to 4 hours a day over a period of 3 entire days. So that’s 3 to 4 hours a day, night time while relaxing before bed is a great time, and for 3 days in a row.
3. Biofreeze is a prescription strength pain relieving gel that can be found online or in most chiropractic clinics and many physical therapy clinics.
- Biofreeze contains an herb called llex that reduces inflammation, swelling and quiets nerves easing pain.
- It can work for up to 4 to 5 hours and is really good for anyone experiencing pain from a herniated disc.