5 Alternative Actions To Manage Herniated Disc Pain!

Outside of trauma, herniated discs do not happen overnight. They occur from long term uneven pressure on the disc due to postural dysfunctions... Learn more.

Article Summary:
  • Herniated discs are caused by muscular imbalances putting uneven pressure on spinal discs.
  • Inflammation can make pain and syptoms worse, but increased fluid intake can help.
  • Inversion therapy will decompress the spine and take pressure off the herniated disc.

  • 5 Alternative Actions To Manage Herniated Disc Pain!

    Many patients who hear a diagnosis of a herniated disc immediately question whether spinal surgery is in their future. Whether or not surgery is the right option should be discussed with one's doctor. However, most patients can find back pain relief using more conservative treatments.

    The most common school of thought on treating herniated discs focuses on treating pain. Anti-inflammatory drugs, cortisone injections, hot packs, ultrasound, and therapeutic exercises fall in this category.

    While pain relief is important, the weakness of this approach is it fails to address the underlying cause of the herniated disc: why did it herniate in the first place? Ignoring the cause leads to repeated doctor visits for pain treatment. As pain worsens over time, surgery becomes a presented option.

    A better approach is to understand the reason for the herniation and correct the problem. Not just mask the symptoms with pain killers.

    Patients With A Herniated Disc Have To Wonder Whether Spinal Surgery Is In Their Future.
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    Patients With A Herniated Disc Have To Wonder
    Whether Spinal Surgery Is In Their Future.

    Why A Disc Herniates

      Outside of trauma, herniated discs do not happen overnight. They occur from long term uneven pressure on the disc due to postural dysfunctions caused by muscle imbalances.

      Think of a jelly donut. If someone places a lot of pressure on one side and less on the other, the jelly is likely to bulge out the opposite side from the pressure. With enough pressure, the jelly will break through the donut. On the other hand, if the same amount of pressure was placed evenly across the entire donut the jelly might compress but would likely stay intact inside the donut.

      Similarly, when muscle imbalances create improper hip and spine posture, the spinal discs between the vertebrae are unnaturally forced to sustain more weight and stress on one side than the other. Eventually, the disc wears down leading to a bulging, herniated or even a ruptured disc.

    Uneven Weight On Spinal Discs Can Lead To Bulging, Herniated Or Even A Ruptured Disc.
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    Uneven Weight On Spinal Discs Can Lead
    To Bulging, Herniated Or Even A Ruptured Disc.

    Non-Surgical Alternative Treatments For Herniated Discs

      There are at least five significant actions one can take right at home to help treat and reduce back pain from a herniated disc. Each is a superior alternative treatment to spinal surgery in most cases.

      1. Reduce inflammation by increasing fluid intake (preferably by drinking clean water), improving eating habits, and reducing excess fibrin with proteolytic enzymes when possible.
      2. Stop pain spasms, improve blood flow and increase range of motion with heat and cold therapy. The most effective and safe form of heat therapy is Far Infrared Heat (FIR).
      3. Decompress the disc using inversion therapy. Excellent inversion tables can be purchased for this purpose for just a few hundred dollars.
      4. Eliminate referred pain caused by trigger points which are a form of tiny muscular contraction knots.
      5. Correct postural dysfunctions through stretching and exercise targeting specific muscle imbalances to eliminate the underlying root cause of your disc herniation.

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    About The Author:

    Jesse Cannone is co-founder of the Healthy Back Institute and author of "The 7 Day Back Pain Cure". Get the facts on what's really causing your pain here: http://www.losethebackpain.com/conditions.

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    I strongly recommend trying number 3, the inversion table, before anyone does anything drastic. I herniated my L4/L5 and my L5/S1 a couple years ago. I had severe pain and sciatica along with numbness and tingling in my foot and calf. My doctor told me i needed surgery and that i was done lifting. I got a spinal epidural in both spots and bought an inversion table and it has been the best thing i have ever purchased. It didn't fix me overnight, but i could tell that decompression was exactly what i needed and each time i used it i felt a little better. Now i am 100 percent. i occasionally push too hard and have a little pain and have to use the inversion table now and again, but i went from not being able to touch my own knees or able to put plates on a bar to bench press to being back to deep squatting close to five hundred and deadlifting over 600.

    Oct 23, 2012 6:46pm | report

    Dear Mr. Shadhenderson,

    This is Prasad, 30 yrs.(Indian). I saw your message in bodybuilding.com about herniated disc pain. So I believe you can help me out in this. I've been working out for the past 10 years. Several years ago while was squatting I suffered a severe lower back pain. But I didn't check with any doctor after that and it was fine after sometime. Since then whenever i stress myself too much while work out or playing or at work, I suffer this pain. But it will be there for 2,3 days & goes automatically. But last month exactly the day after my legs workout class i suffered a severe lower back pain. But i'm sure i did nothing wrong on my previous day's legs workout. This pain persists for exactly 1 month now & the pain also transfers to my left knee. I checked with a local Ortho specialist & he advised me for a MRI.
    The MRI says Significant diffuse lumber spondylo-degenerative changes in term of partial loss of T2W hydration signals of disc materials especially L3-4, L4-5 & L5-SI, marginal articular fatty changes, osteophytic lyppings & relatively narrowed disc space L3-4 & L4-5. Mild diffuse posterior disc bulge L5-S1 associated with mild encroachment upon the thecal sac. Normal size, site, shape of visualized parts of the spinal cord.
    Doctor also advised me not to lift weight anymore. But i'm really scared to see a neurosurgeon for further assistance. I'm really passion about bodybuilding & fitness & afraid that my bodybuilding future may affect coz of this back pain. Could you kindly advise me about this further as what i need to do to come out from this pain ?? It would be really grateful if you can help me out in this.
    Kindly advise. my email: prasadraju7582@gmail.com

    Dec 22, 2012 1:25pm | report

    Can you email me at hubertim@sbcglobal.net. ? I have low back problem and Ive been to a bunch of chiros and spent a lot of money but about 2-3 times a year I hurt it bad to were I cant lift for few weeks. My L3and L4 gets pinched I have a lot of pain left lower back and left hip. My left leg is about 1 inch long today. Adjustments help sometimes but this time not much. I stopped doing squats last year bc it just did more harm than good. I have some questions bc you may be able to give me better tips than the chiropractors in my area that seem too busy to actually listen to me.

    Apr 25, 2013 12:10pm | report

    my bf has a herniated disc. curious of what type of inversion table would work best. He has tried a lot of things and nothing really seems to work? Would greatly appreciate a point in the right direction.

    Jun 1, 2015 8:17pm | report
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    Hi there, I'm Puerto Rican single mother of 3 kids I'm overweight and I have tried everything to loose weight, I was interested in intensive workouts but unfortunately can walk nor drive due to a herniated discs L4 L5 S1 compressing root nerve and sciatic nerve, its been 6 months from now its very frustrating, I was about to get married and couldn't make it. I want to workout but I cant even walk and I'm afraid to work something and get hurt. I live with pain 24/7 no matter how many pain killers, I did different type of therapy aquatic, and some epidural steroids injection. nothing worked. I will have surgery next month but I need a safe workout In order for me to loose some weight. I understand my weight is not helping me at all cause when I stand up I feel a lot of pressure and I have to lay right away. please help

    Jan 10, 2014 12:37pm | report
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    I had my first pain when I was jumping in the Army, yes, it 82nd AB and then the 1/75th Rangers. I went to the diespensary and was almost laughed out of the Rangers. I was given extra after a 2 day off duty rest. When I got out it just got worse and worse. I went back to the VA doctor about 8 yr ago and I found out my L4, L5, S1, as they said are gone. No I am not sure what that means but I am now trying to workout again because of the pain killers I hate. I take epidurals at my request and I try to stretch them as far as possible. If you have a thought please let me know. Yes, they have all told me in rehab, that I lift with a 3lb weight. So ashamed.

    May 31, 2014 9:45am | report
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