Treating Herniated Discs Through Physical Therapy


Pain in the discs can range from mild to severe. When there is a herniated disc, the pain is local at first but slowly it spreads to other areas, first to buttocks and then to the leg. The severity of the pain depends on where the herniated disc is located. A person suffering from pain feels it most when they are seated or bends down. Apart from the pain, the person will also feel lack of sensation, irritation and weakness. What happens is, the body to combat the pain and other symptoms react by bending the spin so that the pressure on the compressed nerve is less and there is relief. It is then, the disc protrudes and one is advised to get physical therapy for herniated discs.

The causes of herniated discs   

Sometimes, when you lift weight or heavy objects, you tend to bring about a disc movement which can result in herniated discs. Those who have an improper posture too can have protrusion in their disc. Other causes might be a problem in hip alignment, weak stability in the spine, etc. If a person has any kind of irregularity in motor development, there can be herniated discs.


Treatment for herniated discs

First, a proper diagnosis is very important before you get the physical therapy for herniated discs. Pain in disc can be due to many reasons and each type of pain needs a different treatment. So, the first thing you should do is to find out if it is herniated disc or if it is any other kind of pain. It is better not to take any disc pain lightly and do unwanted self-treatment. Many a times, people go for stretching exercises in order to relieve muscles but these kinds of activities can make herniated discs worse and the pain more severe.

Physical therapy can be very beneficial in case of herniated discs as it involves removing movement disorders and that too without using any drugs or involving surgery. Physical therapy should be started only once herniated disc is confirmed. The therapy does not include any specific treatment plan but involves a comprehensive approach. It involves clinical approach as well as movement. Acupuncture is also given to the patient and even epidural injection but as per doctor’s advice. Each patient may be given a different approach.

A novel approach to treating herniated discs involves reflex stimulation which is also referred to as vojita therapy. It has been one of the major and most effective therapy to treat the symptoms of herniated discs. Reflex stimulation is beneficial to all the stages in disc herniation.

Those who suffer from herniated disc should refrain from travelling, bending down or sitting for long hours, as this may aggravate the situation. They should also not carry heavy weights. Herniated discs can be a grave problem if not treated on time and by trained doctors. If left untreated, it will not only cause discomfort and pain but may also lead to more serious situation in the future. Also, it is important to seek advice from an experienced doctor who can diagnose the condition promptly and correctly.

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