Back and neck pain can sometimes be traced to the herniated disk, a condition in which the soft center of the flexible disk which cushions spinal vertebrae bulges out, producing pain, weakness or numbness. If you suffer from this ailment, the good news is most people get relief from symptoms without surgery. Here are some of the treatment options our orthopedic surgeons in Fort Lauderdale may recommend.
• Rest. Take rest breaks throughout the day, but avoid sitting for long periods of time. Make all your movements slow and controlled. Change your daily activities so that you avoid movements that can cause further pain, especially bending forward and lifting.
• Medication. Analgesics and anti-inflammatory medications may relieve pain. Steroids also effectively reduce symptoms. If you are having spasms in your back, legs or arms, your doctor may prescribe a muscle relaxant.
• Cold & heat. Cold compresses or ice can be applied several times a day for pain relief. After any spasms settle, gentle heat may relieve symptoms.
• Physical therapy. Specific exercises can strengthen your lower back and abdominal muscles. A physical therapist can also apply traction if you have a herniated disk in your neck.
Fort Lauderdale Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is known throughout Broward County for excellence in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of neck and spine problems, which are among the most complex conditions seen in orthopedic medicine. For compassionate and effective treatment of your back or neck pain, call our office today at (954) 400-5544 to schedule an appointment.