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Mitigating The Symptoms Of A Herniated Disc In The Lower Back

By Patrick Foote

A herniated disc in the lower back can cause a bevy of uncomfortable symptoms, such as pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness that travel from the lumbar spine and down through the lower extremities. The good news is that about 90 percent of individuals who suffer from this condition are able to find relief with conservative, non-surgical treatments, which means that surgery will likely never become an option for most people.

Your doctor will provide you with a customized treatment plan for your herniated disc pain, though common approaches to pain relief include over-the-counter or prescription analgesics, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, hot/cold compresses, gentle stretching, and low-impact exercise. There is also quite a bit to be said for behavior modification as a treatment method, which involves avoiding activities that could be detrimental to your spine.

Behavior Modification