Back pain from multiple bulging spinal discs can present quite a challenge to the medical profession. You may be well aware of this, since, if you’re like most back pain sufferers, you’ve already tried several types of treatments to no (or very little) avail. You’ve taken time off from work to try various physical therapy methods and gone through disappointing chiropractor visits. You’ve spent money and endured more pain with steroid shots. You’ve tried pain medicine with annoying, often unhealthy, side effects--and nothing has worked. You’re still suffering--and still rearranging your life to accommodate the pain. Despite all this, don’t give up on ending your back pain and regaining your quality of life. If you think you have to live with it—you don’t.
Most people go through lots of trial and error when dealing with multiple bulging discs. Some even resort to surgery, with all its risks. Before your give up on your back pain or do something drastic, read through this list of treatments to minimize back pain, and make sure you’ve given them a chance to work for you.
Minimizing back pain due to bulging discs
- Give yourself a little time to rest and recover after a sudden pain episode, but be aware that resting for too long may actually prolong your pain.
- Apply a heat pad and/or take hot showers to treat the pain of multiple bulging discs.
- Alternate the heat pad with a cold one (meaning an ice pack application).
- See your back specialist for evaluation, medical testing or x-rays and recommended exercises tailored to your physical condition and back treatment needs.
- Check your posture: A chiropractor, physical therapist or osteopathic physician should check your posture and make corrections to help you “feel” and see what good posture is (as well as good sleep position)—so you can practice good posture in your daily life.
- Exercise regularly, concentrating on core strength as outlined by your medical team and maintain healthy weight. Building up your strength (and caring for your overall health) this way can prevent future back pain and keep your back from “going out” again.
- Take pain and anti-inflammatory medications as needed if they are safe for you (over the counter and/or prescription).
- Epidural cortisone injections work for some patients, especially to calm a pain episode so other treatments can take place, like exercise. The shots can only be safely given a few times per year, however.
- Try acupuncture, which provides relief to many back pain sufferers.
- Functional Disc Rehydration™: This simple and natural treatment has an excellent track record and proven results. What’s more, it’s something many readers might not have tried--to alleviate their back pain. Functional Disc Rehydration™ is a non-invasive treatment that has actually eliminated back pain--for good--in many patients. In fact, the innovative treatment was developed by a former back pain sufferer, Dr. Jeff Winternheimer, D.C., co-founder of the Illinois Back Institute.
Don’t give up on curing chronic back pain for good. Get a free consultation today by contacting the Illinois Back Institute.