Orthopaedic Surgeon Questions Herniated Disk

What can I do to alleviate the pain from herniated disc?

I injured my back over a year, and I have a herniated disc that causes pain frequently. What kind of treatments are available for this? Is there anything I can do to alleviate pain from a herniated disc?

2 Answers

Herniated disks do not cause pain. Its a common misconception that is propagated by spine doctors and chiropractors. What is causing your back pain is what the herniated disk is touching. If it is touching a nerve it may cause pain. Most pain in the back is caused by muscle strain or spasm. All back pain should be treated for 2 years with lifestyle modifications. If you smoke, use tobacco, are overweight, use narcotics, can't touch your toes, drink any soda pop beverages or eat fast food you will always have back pain. No treatment will make that go away.
There are number of treatment options in 2019 including numerous medications, physical therapy, chiropractic, injections and surgical decompression as a last resort. Ongoing pain warrants further investigation and specific treatment based on the results. Muscle weakness and numbness are also significant in the case of a herniated disc.
Good luck!