A spinal disc herniation is a condition affecting the spine due to trauma or lifting related injuries. The trauma suffered to the spine damages the outer fibrous ring of a disc and allows the soft central portion to bulge out beyond this damaged ring. This protrusion may cause the release of inflammatory chemical mediators that can directly cause severe pain in the area. Minor disc herniations heal within several weeks. The more severe cases can be treated with physical therapy exercises and techniques.
The signs and symptoms can vary on the location of the herniation:
Depending on the location of the herniation patients may also suffer from:
There exists several treatment plans for disc herniation:
Physical Therapy provides various treatment options for disc herniation:
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