Herniated discs in the spine can be quite serious, and need to be taken seriously. Treatment options may include injections, surgery, or physical therapy. In this physical therapy patient education article, we are going to discuss the ways in which physical therapy can help treat herniated discs in the spine.
Herniated Spinal Discs
Between each of our vertebra in the spine is a spinal disc. These discs are made to cushion the spine during movement. They are essential to the body’s ability to bend, twist, and function properly. Sometimes, these discs can herniate or bulge out of place (perhaps due to an acute injury, or as the result of wear-and-tear on the body over time). When a disc herniates out of place it can start to interfere with the other structures in the spine, including the spinal nerves. When these nerves are irritated it can cause a host of problems. The symptoms of a herniated disc can include any of the following:
- Sharp or burning pain in the back that may radiate to the legs.
- Tingling or numbness in the back or extremities.
- Decreased range-of-motion.
Treating Herniated Discs
Effectively treating a herniated disc first requires an accurate diagnosis. The symptoms of a herniated disc are similar to several other injuries and conditions so it’s important to land on an accurate diagnosis before treatment. Treatment usually begins with conservative methods like physical therapy to reduce the pain and increase mobility. In severe cases, surgery may be required to prevent permanent nerve damage. After such a surgery, physical therapy can also be helpful in the recovery process.
Minneapolis Physical Therapy
OrthoRehab Specialists offers physical therapy and rehabilitation to patients throughout the Twin Cities. Our Minnesota physical therapists have nearly three decades of experience working with patients in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area and surrounding suburbs. No matter what your injury or condition, we can formulate a physical therapy strategy that works for you. With direct access to physical therapy, you can set up your appointment with us whether or not you have a prescription or referral. We have physical therapy clinics in downtown Minneapolis and Edina. Contact us today to set up your appointment and regain your mobility!
- 5 Common Summer Injuries That A Physical Therapist Can Help Treat - June 20, 2022
- Combating Deconditioning With Physical Therapy - June 15, 2022
- Managing High Blood Pressure With Physical Therapy - June 13, 2022