Treating Disc Injuries

Monday, February 27, 2012

A disc injury in your back can take the form of a bulge, herniation or a rupture. These can be very painful. Dr. Edward Hill discuss disc injuries and possible treatments in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The bones in your spine are separated by discs that act as cushions. When you use your back in ways youre not used to, such as lifting something heavy, the discs may move and cause pain.

One kind of disc injury is when a disc slips out of place and presses on the nerves in your back. A disc can also burst, which causes fluid to spill out and irritate the nerves.

Do not rest your back for more than two days. This will weaken your back and delay the healing. Most of the time, your back will feel better on its own. It may take six weeks to a year to get better.

Your doctor may recommend pain medicines such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Putting heat or ice on your back for 10 to 15 minutes may also help. Your doctor may prescribe stronger medicines or give you steroid shots in your back. If your pain does not get better, you may need surgery.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.