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Which medications help treat herniated discs?

On Behalf of | Jan 21, 2022 | Injuries |

After a personal injury, your doctor diagnosed you with a herniated disc. You want to get back to your routine as quickly as possible, but first, you must receive proper treatment for the harm you suffered because of another person’s negligence.

Mayo Clinic shares common medications used to address herniated discs. While building your personal injury case, understand how much to seek from the at-fault party for your medical treatment.

Over-the-counter medication

Depending on your pain levels, you may only need over-the-counter medications to experience relief. Examples of pain relief medications you may buy without a prescription include ibuprofen, acetaminophen and naproxen sodium.

Muscle relaxers

Pay close attention to twitches or spasms you feel in your back in the days following your accident. Your doctor may prescribe muscle relaxers to help you. Before taking a muscle relaxer, ask about side effects, such as dizziness and fatigue.

Cortisone injections

Over-the-counter medication does not always work to eliminate the pain associated with a herniated disc. You could require something stronger, such as cortisone injections. Your doctor may use spinal imaging to inject a corticosteroid into the spinal nerves.

Opioids

Herniated discs that cause intense pain may require short-term use of opioids, such as oxycodone-acetaminophen combinations and codeine. The powerful pain meds could make a person dependent on them, and they come with side effects, so your physician may want to try alternative treatment before writing you a prescription.

You do not deserve to live in pain because you were in the wrong place at the wrong time. The right herniated disc medication may help you along the road to recovery.