There are different types of therapies for people with a cervical herniated disc. Some of the remedies that experienced pain management doctors review are the following:
Many times, the pain will resolve within a month or two. Ice and heat therapy may help. Over-the-counter medications and NSAIDS may help too. NSAIDS are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). Examples of NSAIDs include aspirin, Motrin, Advil, and Aleve. NSAIds are generally used to reduce inflammation.
Other possible medications include muscle relaxants such as Flexeril, Robaxin, and Soma. Tylenol is used to manage pain but not inflammation. Patients should check with medications are right form them – and the possible risks before taking them.
These are medical procedures often done in an ambulatory surgery center with the help of a fluoroscope. Steroid injections inject medicine into the area that is in pain – to help reduce nerve inflammation and swelling of the nerves. Most patients are given several injections. The length and quality of pain relief varies from patient to patient.
Physical therapy helps patients strengthen muscles. Patients are normally given exercises that stretch their neck and the areas around the neck. Physical therapy also includes working on the flexibility of the spine.Additional therapies. Many patients find the acupuncture, a better diet, and yoga help minimize the amount of pain they have.
Some patients need to work with a neurosurgeon or other specialist if their pain can’t be managed by the above remedies. Possible surgeries include:
- Anterior cervical discectomy & fusion
- Artificial disc replacement
- Minimally invasive microendoscopic discectomy
- Posterior cervical discectomy
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