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Nonsurgical Treatment

If the vertebra has not slipped far, physicians begin by prescribing nonsurgical treatments. Sometimes, the patient’s condition is monitored to see if symptoms improve.

Medicines may be prescribed to help ease pain and muscle spasm.

Your physician may ask that you limit your activities to rest your back, and help decrease inflammation and calm muscle spasm. You may need to take time away from sports or other strenuous activities to give your back a chance to heal.

Patients often work with a physical therapist. After evaluating your condition, your therapist can assign positions and exercises to ease your symptoms. Your therapist can design an exercise program to improve flexibility in your low back and hamstrings, and to strengthen your back and abdominal muscles.

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