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Treatment of Herniated Disk Disease

Unlock the secrets to herniated disk treatment with this comprehensive guide. Gain insights into nonprescription pain medicines, neuropathic drugs, muscle relaxers, and more.

  • 10 Jan 2024
  • 2 min read

A herniated disk is a severe injury of the spine (backbone). Your backbone has a series of disks that act as a buffer in the bones and help you to move with ease. If the disk tears or leaks, a condition known as herniated disk occurs that causes pain and numbness in the neck, back, hands , and legs. Luckily, there are several modes of herniated disk treatment, which we’ll discuss in this article.


What is the Treatment of Herniated Disk Disease?

The treatment for a herniated disk, also called a slipped disk, involves the use of medicines and therapies that may take a few days or weeks to improve the condition. Slipped disk treatment includes: 


Home treatment:

In many cases, pain from a herniated disk can go away in time with home treatment that involves:

  • Applying ice or heat on the affected areas.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain relieving drug, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen to get some relief from pain.
  • Taking rest for 3 to 4 days in case of severe pain. 



  • Nonprescription pain medicines

Over-the-counter NSAIDs, like ibuprofen and naproxen are available on prescription to treat mild pain and swelling in joints and muscles associated with Herniated disk. 

  • Neuropathic drugs 

These drugs work on nerves and affect nerve impulses to decrease pain. The neuropathic drugs include gabapentin, pregabalin, duloxetine, or venlafaxine.

  • Muscle relaxers 

The doctor may prescribe muscle relaxants as part of the slipped disc treatment if you have muscle spasms. 

  • Opioids 

Opioids have a certain potential for addiction, so doctors do not usually recommend this drug. But if in case other drugs are not effective against treatment, then healthcare providers might consider short-term use of opioids.

  • Cortisone or steroid 

Prednisone and other corticosteroids may help reduce swelling, tenderness, and pain. These medicines, in higher doses, can calm the immune system. 

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To avoid injury with a herniated disk, stay active and follow your healthcare provider’s recommendations for back stretching and exercises to avoid muscle stiffness. You can do some gentle exercise coupled with painkillers that help most people feel better in a few weeks.

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