Muscle Relaxant Medication
An individual who experiences a herniated disc may need to take muscle relaxant medication. A spinal disc can move from its place between the vertebrae and cause a nearby nerve to become pinched or compressed. When a nerve is compressed, the impulses sent to and from the muscles in the affected area become interrupted. When nerve impulses are disrupted, the muscles can contract and relax at inappropriate times. These contractions are referred to as spasms and can cause an individual to experience discomfort and pain. Muscle relaxants work by reducing the activity of the muscle contractions, which stops the spasms that occur due to the compressed nerve. Common muscle relaxants used in the treatment of a herniated disc are carisoprodol, diazepam, methocarbamol, cyclobenzaprine, metaxalone, and orphenadrine. Muscle relaxants are usually only used for a brief period, as they are known to cause physical dependence.
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