A herniated disc can have a strong impact on your productivity and may even force you to take time off from work. While you may be able to collect workers' compensation if you qualify, you will not be earning as much money as you otherwise would. Fortunately, one very effective treatment available for a herniated disc is a back brace.

The Importance of a Back Brace

The back brace is used to treat spinal conditions and can support the lumbar area if you have received back surgery and are now recovering. The back brace generally reduces pressure on the spinal structure, reduces the range of motion during healing so you do not hurt your back further, and reduces micro-motions within the vertebral segments. 

The best back braces are made using materials that are inelastic. This helps ensure that the back brace is able to provide support and does not stretch. You'll need a back brace that provides support specifically for the lower back region. 

You'll also need to choose a back brace that has a size that is compatible with your body size. Some back braces come with an adjustable lumbar pad so that your lower back will receive enough compression.

Treatments Compatible with a Back Brace

Back braces are often best used in combination with other treatments. Oftentimes, your doctor will recommend that you avoid movements that cause you pain and will also prescribe pain medication. If you have very mild pain, you may be able to simply take over-the-counter medications. However, you may need stronger medications that may require a prescription.

One type of medication that might assist is a muscle relaxer if you are suffering from muscle spasms. A muscle spasm can lead to more serious pain. However, muscle relaxers can also cause dizziness and grogginess.

If your pain does not get any better, your doctor might recommend that you undergo cortisone injections. This injection will be placed near the infected area, around the spinal nerves. 

The last form of pain relief that your doctor might consider is an opioid prescription. Doctors are often reluctant to prescribe this type of medication because they may fear that you will become addicted. Therefore, it's best to try other methods such as back braces and other forms of therapy. With the right conservative treatments, you will be able to avoid the need for surgery and may be able to return to work.

To learn more about herniated disc treatments, contact a doctor.