A herniated disc is a musculoskeletal condition that causes severe pain and potential immobility. A herniated disc happens when the shock-absorbing cushion between the vertebrae of your spine shifts position and bulges out from between the bones. A bulging disc irritates and puts pressure on the surrounding spinal nerves, causing pain and other symptoms.
You can get a herniated disc at any point along the spine, but it’s most commonly seen in the lower back when there is strain or overuse. This condition is more common as you age because the spinal discs become dry, less flexible, and more susceptible to damage.
People at the highest risk for herniated disc are those who smoke, frequently push, pull, or lift heavy items, and those who are obese or overweight.
Occupations that are inherently prone to back strain and injury include nursing and other medical professions, construction workers, retail workers, and factory workers.
Often, herniated disc symptoms come on suddenly. You may have:
- Sudden, intense pain in your back
- Severe, shooting pain down your leg, arm, or buttocks
- Numbness or tingling in your extremities
- Weakness or immobility due to pain
If you have these symptoms, it’s essential that you get an evaluation as soon as possible because you could have nerve damage or worsening symptoms without proper treatment.
High Line Rehab PT offers a range of therapies that can help relieve pain associated with a herniated disc. Initially, they evaluate you for symptoms and assess your baseline mobility.
They tailor your one-on-one treatment plan to you, including demonstration of any required exercises and personalized follow up. Your treatment plan may include:
- Manual therapy
- Exercise program
- Zero-gravity postural training
- Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy
The practice has significant success in treating herniated disc pain using innovative treatments such as zero-gravity postural training and PEMF. These therapies help to activate the deep core muscles that support the spine, which often yields positive results in 2-3 sessions.
If you’re experiencing pain you believe is due to a herniated disc, call or schedule an appointment with High Line Rehab PT today.