A slipped disc in your back has the potential to limit your ability to do the things you love. In fact, depending on the severity of the injury, it could force you to spend days on end in bed. And sometimes, rest isn’t even enough to make a full recovery.
If you suspect a slipped disc or any other type of back or neck injury, seek immediate medical attention. Your doctor can run a variety of imaging tests, while also conducting a physical exam, to pinpoint the type and severity of the injury.
If a slipped disc is the culprit, your medical team will discuss treatment options including:
- Bed rest
- Avoiding physical activity that could aggravate and/or worsen the injury
- Cold therapy several times per day
- The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication
- Physical therapy
While you hope to avoid surgery to correct your slipped disc, it’s often necessary in the event of a more severe injury or one that doesn’t heal on its own. If this is required, you can expect an extended recovery period, as you’ll need to rest yourself after your procedure.
If your slipped disc was the result of a workplace accident, such as lifting a heavy item, report the incident to your employer and keep them informed as to your progress.
Once you realize that your slipped disc is keeping you out of work, determine if you’re eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim. If approved, you’ll receive benefits until you’re able to return to your job. But if you receive a denial, you’ll need to take additional steps to file an appeal.