6 Tips for Lumbar Herniated Disc Pain Relief

lumbar herniated disc pain is the most common cause of sciatica. Leg pain along the sciatic nerve down the back of the leg. Aging along with continual wear and tear on our body’s natural shock absorbers (spinal discs between vertebrae) can weaken the lower back. When spinal discs become damaged, they rupture and cause slip. This is because of Lumbar Herinated Disc pain. Disc causing intense back pain radiating to nerves down the leg and foot. This is because of overexertion due to heavy lifting, bending forward or pushing heavy objects. Smokers have a high incidence of slip discs. Here are some 6 tips for Lumbar Herinated Disc pain releif.


When experiencing pain from a disc, the episode is short-lived and last up to eight weeks.  Body’s natural defense systems going into action to resolve damage due to degenerative disc disease. During the episode, the pain can affect nearby nerves causing painful spasms in the lower body including the entire leg and foot. Numbness or weakness will happen. Herniated disc symptoms usually cause radiating to one leg. When the pain initially presents, the first 48 hours are generally to the most intense. This situation consults an ortho specialist to recover.

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At an Acute onset, your doctor may recommend more conservative methods for lumbar herniated disc pain relief, which include:

1) Pain Medications, such as Ibuprofen and Proxen

(NSAIDS or non-prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) maybe recommended. Take these as directed for pain, tenderness, inflammation and joint pain.

2) Ice Packs, applied in the first 48 hours of back pain will ease inflammation.

Ice packs can cause veins to contract and reduce bleeding and thus it can reduce the swelling.

3) Muscle Relaxers on a short-term basis as prescribed

Chlorzoxazone, Diazepam, or Thiocholchicoside, etc. These help for muscle relaxation.


4) Applying Heat with water bags or  even a hot bath may help muscle spasms in

In the first 2 days of initial pain. The heat helps soft tissues to stretch, dilates blood vessels and decreases pain signals giving some relief to the discomfort.

5) Alternating ice/heat therapy helps some patients.

The combination of the light activity should resume as soon as possible to avoid the pain and its joint stiffness.

6) Strictly avoid bending forward, lifting weights and pushing/ pulling heavy objects for the first 8 weeks.

Along with the above measures start back core exercises for long term relief.

For long-term relief, see your doctor for the right advise. Education of the patient being most fundamental in this treatment. Your doctor may recommend epidural steroid injections for the treatment of lumbar herniated disc pain. Studies show that the procedure is successful for patients who are suffering from the sciatica. Due to the disc herniation as well as lumbar spinal stenosis. Patients will experience of 70% less pain within a year are following the injections. 

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