Herniated discs cause a lot of pain, and it’s often worse at night. Learn how to sleep and sit with a herniated disc to alleviate pain and discomfort.
Your optimal sleeping position depends on your herniated disc’s location and how you prefer to sleep.
Sleeping on your back or side is the best option if you have a herniated disc in your neck.
If you have a herniated disc in your upper back, you want to maintain a spinal position that supports your neck.
Keep your lower back pain-free while sleeping with a herniated disc.
While you should take precautions while sleeping with a herniated disc, you should also be careful while sitting. You want to maintain the natural s-curve of your back while seated to minimize pain. While sitting at a desk, table or even in your car, use a pillow or rolled-up towel between the seat and your lower back to increase support.
You could also sit on an exercise ball or use a more ergonomic chair to help maintain your posture.
Herniated discs are fairly common, and most don’t require surgery as a treatment. However, there are some cases when surgery is necessary to help an individual improve their quality of life. Surgery for herniated discs often occurs after conservative treatments have failed or the pain becomes severe.
Whenever you have issues or pain from a herniated disc, New York Spine Institute is here to help. We offer several services to alleviate back pain, including pain management, physical therapy and spine surgery.
Our experts are ready to help you find relief. Discuss treatment for your herniated disc by scheduling an appointment with NYSI today.