A herniated disc occurs when the cartilage between the bones of the spine becomes torn, causing the gelatin-like core of the disc to leak. The condition typically affects people between the ages of 30 and 50 years old and often responds well to physical therapy treatments.
What causes a herniated disc?
The injury may be caused by a sudden trauma or it could be the result of pressure on the spine that has persisted for a longer period of time. Activities such as repeated lifting or participating in weight-bearing sports can cause a herniated disc as well as obesity, smoking, and poor posture. For the younger population, discs in the spine are soft and flexible and absorb shock very well but as we get older, the discs lose some of that flexibility and are more susceptible to tearing. A herniated disc may cause symptoms of pain, tightness, weakness, numbness, or tingling along the body.
When should I seek treatment for a herniated disc?
If you suspect a herniated disc or experience any of the symptoms listed above, it’s a good idea to seek out treatment as the condition can lead to other, more painful conditions such as degenerative disc disease. Physical therapy can be utilized to help keep the pain under control and to get you back to your normal, daily activities.
How can physical therapy help with a herniated disc?
Your physical therapist will work with you to design a plan of care that is specific to your condition, your body type, and the activities in which you often participate. Regular physical therapy treatments can help you along to a fast recovery, restrengthening your body to ensure that your not at risk for further or future injury. Your physical therapist may include techniques such as:
• Custom exercises to relieve pressure on the spine by improving core stability and strengthening surrounding muscles.
• Manual therapy techniques like soft tissue massage, stretching, and joint mobilization to relieve muscle tension, improve alignment, and range of motion.
• Postural education to modify daily activities that may be contributing to pressure in the injured area of the spine.
Physical therapists can provide the necessary tools to treat herniated discs, allowing you to return to your favorite activities pain-free and better than ever! To learn more about how to prevent herniated discs or to eliminate any current discomfort, book a physical therapy assessment today.
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