Can we help with your disc problems?
Our experienced Osteopaths at our Worcester Park, Selsdon and Cheam, Sutton, Surrey clinics successfully treat all types of disc problems on a regular basis. Our treatment will greatly reduce the time required for disc injuries to heal and for you to get back to your normal daily activities. However, if disc injuries are left untreated, the healing process may take many months and, in some cases, worsen.
What is and causes a disc problem?
An intervertebral disc, as it is correctly called, is a round tyre-like structure that sits between the vertebral bones of your spine and allows them to move and absorb shock created by walking, running or jumping. There are a number of terms that are used to describe disc problems, such as a slipped disc, prolapsed disc, ruptured or herniated disc, but all these terms relate to the disc wall bulging, and in some situations, pressing on a nerve, leading to referred pain, like sciatica.
Disc injuries often occur following heavy lifting or trauma, such as a sports injury or road traffic accident, but can also be a result of general wear and tear. The most common place to get a disc injury is in the lower lumbar spine but is not uncommon for them to occur in the neck.
Will pain-relieving drugs help my disc problems?
Inflammation can be greatly reduced with the use of NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), such as ibuprofen, aspirin and paracetamol. Although they can reduce the inflammation caused by your disc problem, they do not address the underlying problem. They can, in some cases, cause stomach problems, such as acid reflux and constipation.
It is important not to use painkilling drugs before engaging in a physical activity. This is because, without the feedback from your body’s nervous system, it is easy to over-use and further aggravate your disc condition. However, they are very useful in helping you get a good night’s sleep, which is a vitally important part of your recovery.
If you are already taking medication prescribed by a doctor, you should always ask the advice of a Doctor or Pharmacist before self-medicating, as some pain killing drugs can affect the effectiveness of your medication, and can sometimes be dangerous.