A slipped disk is a serious injury that requires immediate medical attention. Without the right approach to treatment, there’s a greater chance of suffering additional injury.
Depending on your profession, you may put a lot of strain on your neck and/or back on a daily basis. For example, this is common if you’re staffed with the responsibility of lifting heavy items.
If you find yourself in the unenviable position of dealing with a neck or back injury at work, here are the steps to take:
- Watch for serious side effects: These can include weakness in the legs or arms, numbness of the thighs and loss of bowel or bladder control.
- Treat the pain: For example, using a cold compress can help alleviate some pain until professional treatment is administered.
- Follow the advice of your medical team: All slipped disks, regardless of the pain or discomfort level, should be evaluated by an experienced medical professional. This is the only way to truly understand the extent of your injury and best type of treatment.
- Continue to monitor your progress: Depending on the way you progress, physical therapy and/or surgery may be required.
It’s possible that a slipped disk could keep you out of work for a long time, as you’ll need to rest during your recovery.
If this is the case and you suffered your injury on the job, you may want to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. The compensation you receive will give you peace of mind as you work toward making a recovery and returning to work as soon as possible.