A herniated disc is a musculoskeletal condition that causes symptoms such as severe back pain and potential immobility in the spine. This 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 nerves, causing lower and upper back 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 this type of injury 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.
Symptoms and Treatments
Often, herniated disc symptoms come on suddenly and may feel like:
- 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. You could have nerve damage or worsening symptoms without proper treatment or surgery.
High Line Rehab PT offers a range of treatments that can help relieve pain associated with a herniated disc. Initially, they evaluate you for symptoms and assess your baseline mobility.
Treatment may include the following treatments and exercises:
- 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 and treatments help to activate the deep core muscles that support the neck and back, 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.