Home treatment can help relieve
symptoms caused by a
herniated disc. Home treatment can also strengthen
your back, which may help prevent further injury.
Steps to reduce pain
The following steps may help
to reduce pain:
- Avoid movements and positions that increase
pain or numbness.
- Limit your activities, and try briefly resting
your back if your pain is severe. Try taking short walks and doing light
activities that do not cause pain. Then gradually start your regular
activities. Even if you have severe pain, bed rest of more than 1 to 2 days can
cause the muscles in your back-as well as the rest of your body-to become
- Use ice or heat to relieve pain. Apply ice 3 times a day.
Do not use ice for longer than 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Heat relieves pain
for some people, but it should not be used too soon after an injury. Ask your
doctor about using ice and heat to reduce your pain.
nonprescription pain relievers to help reduce pain. Examples include aspirin
(such as Bayer), acetaminophen (such as Tylenol), ibuprofen (such as Motrin),
and naproxen sodium (such as Aleve).
Steps to strengthen your back
Exercising may help
speed your recovery, prevent reinjury to your back, and reduce the risk of
disability from back pain. Other steps that may help keep your back strong and
healthy include losing weight if you are overweight, and quitting smoking if
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