Due to a variety of factors, the spinal discs can begin to degenerate – causing pain and other symptoms. In this physical therapy education article, we are going to talk about spinal disc degeneration and how a physical therapist can help address the condition.
What is Spinal Disc Degeneration?
Spinal disc degeneration occurs when the discs that cushion the vertebrae in the spine begin to wear down. Sometimes this is the result of an acute injury to the spine, while other times it is due to arthritic wear and tear as the body ages. Whatever the cause, the condition can be quite painful. Here are some of the symptoms of spinal disc degeneration:
- Pain in the back that may radiate to the arms or legs.
- Numbness or tingling in the legs or arms.
- Loss of bladder control.
Physical Therapy can Help
Many patients assume that surgery is needed for spinal disc degeneration. While that is true in some cases, it is often recommended to try non-invasive methods like physical therapy first and foremost. A physical therapist can examine your situation and develop a treatment strategy specific to your needs. Treatment may include stretching, exercises, or other modalities – all tailored to help reduce your back pain and increase your range-of-motion.
Experienced Physical Therapists
At OrthoRehab Specialists, our Minnesota physical therapy experts provide rehabilitation care to patients suffering from injuries and conditions, as well as those recovering from surgery. We offer direct access to physical therapy care so you can schedule an appointment with us even if you don’t have a referral. Contact us today to learn more about the specific services we offer and to make your appointment with one of our experienced physical therapists. Our clinics are located in Edina and Minneapolis, but we work with patients throughout the Twin Cities metro area.
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