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Six quick tips for successful disc protrusion treatment

Disc protrusion treatment, or treatment for a disc that protrudes or bulges out of its location in the spine, usually begins with a combination of conservative and/or alternative treatments. Ranging from pain medication to chiropractic care, these treatments aim to relieve a patient’s symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Treatment plan success

There are many things a patient can do during their disc protrusion treatment to increase the likelihood of a favorable outcome. Some common tips for success include:

  1. Have open communication with your physician and physical therapist — It is critical to the success of any treatment that patients listen to their physicians and physical therapists and do exactly as they say. Conversely, patients should be sure to inform their physicians and physical therapists if their treatment is not working or worsening their condition.
  2. Maintain a healthy weight — Excess body weight takes a toll on the spine, as it must work harder to support the extra pounds. Patients with a disc protrusion should work to maintain a healthy weight to minimize the stress on the spine.
  3. Make any necessary lifestyle changes — Certain habits, like drinking or smoking, can cause discs to degenerate at a faster rate, so it is best for patients with a protruded disc to avoid them.
  4. Avoid lifting heavy objects — Lifting objects such as heavy boxes can place added pressure on the spine, so it is best to keep from doing so altogether, whenever possible. If you must lift heavy objects, be sure to practice proper lifting techniques, such as lifting with the legs rather than the back.
  5. Exercise — Low-impact exercise can help to strengthen core muscles in the abdomen and back, supporting the spine. Stretching is important, too, to keep the spine flexible. Of course, it is important to consult with a physician before trying any new exercises.
  6. Practice good posture — Proper posture can help to relieve the stress on the spine’s joints and discs.

When nonsurgical disc protrusion treatment is not enough

While most patients with a protruded disc are able to manage their symptoms with conservative and alternative treatment, occasionally, more extensive treatment may be necessary. When this happens, patients should consult with the physicians and surgeons at USA Spine Care. Our surgeons perform minimally invasive, outpatient procedures as an alternative to traditional open spine surgery, offering a shorter recovery time^ and less risk of complication. Contact USA Spine Care today to receive a no-cost review of your MRI* and find out if you are a candidate for our procedures.

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