How do you treat a herniated disc?
A disc herniation in your neck or your low back are two of the most common workplace injures we see in our compensation practice. A herniated disc is a serious and painful injury that can change your life in an instant. If you have reason to believe you've suffered this type of back or neck injury injury, immediate medical treatment can go a long way in helping you make a full recovery.
There are many ways to treat a herniated disc, so you need to take the guidance of your Connecticut orthopedist or neurosurgeon. . Some of the most common include:
Rest and medication: This may be possible if the injury isn't too severe.
Physical Therapy: If your pain doesn't subside within a few weeks of injury, therapy may be required to help minimize future problems and regain full range of motion
Epidural steroid injection: An injection of cortisone into you spine to reduce the compression impinging on your spinal cord
Surgery: Often a last resort, a herniated disc may require surgery if you're suffering from symptoms such as difficulty walking or standing, weakness, numbness or loss of bladder or bowel control. Common Connecticut back and neck surgeries include discectomies and spinal fusions.
There are also various alternative forms of medicine to help alleviate the pain associated with a herniated disc, such as massage, chiropractic care, acupuncture and yoga.
Back and neck injuries are extremely common, with many people avoiding treatment because they assume the problem will resolve on its own. Unfortunately, with a herniated disc, this is very rarely the case.
If you sustain an injury to your neck or back while working in Connecticut, stay where you are and wait for help to arrive. Don't continue to do your job, as this could result in more trouble.
Once you receive a medical diagnosis, share as much information as possible with your employer. If you are going to be out of work or require ongoing medical treatment, filing a claim for workers' compensation benefits may be in your best interest.