Disc pain could be due to several reasons: a pinched nerve, degenerated disc, slipped disc, herniated disc, bulging disc or cervical, thoracic and lumbar degenerative issues. A disc problem is one of the most likely causes for lower back pain. Some steps you can take to make your life easier:
- Stop any activity that may worsen your disc pain.
- Avoid activities that involve twisting around.
- Use the right type of chair, meaning ergonomic. Use the right kind of mattress, one that offers both support and comfort for your back.
- Exercise. Don’t be misled by people who tell you that exercise can worsen back pain. In fact, physical therapy exercises and other general exercises can help a lot. Get professional advice on the type of exercises you need to do.
- The application of ice or a cold pack around the affected disc can ease the pain.
Surgery for back pain is a last resort. There are many other effective options and treatments available such as chiropractic, spinal decompression therapy, epidural steroid injections, and more. While doing all you can to prevent your back pain from getting worse, make sure you get treatment at a reliable professional pain management center. A pain management expert would review your medical history, do a complete physical exam and perform one or more diagnostic tests before charting out a customized treatment plan for your disc pain.