Chiropractic treatment claims to be an effective treatment for a slipped neck disc. However, strong techniques and adjustments may aggravate the condition or cause re-injury of the disc.
Pain medication provided by a general practitioner can be a very effective adjunct to therapy. This provides us with a window period in order for us to treat the slipped disc.
Medication may include muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatories. This could be useful in the initial phase of healing along with physiotherapy. The problem with muscle relaxants is that it doesn’t only work on muscle spasm, it also affects the small muscles around the spine responsible for stability. These are precisely the muscles we will start to activate and strengthen during the first phase of rehabilitation.
A cortisone injection will improve the swelling and inflammation, but the injury still needs time to heal. Physiotherapy supports the natural course of healing.
Soft collars/cervical braces may be useful in the first 2-3 days after the injury for pain relief, but prolonged use will result in weakness of the muscles around the neck. These braces often also encourage incorrect posture of the neck.
Biokineticists can help with final stage rehabilitation and return to sport once pain and stiffness are no longer present.