Physical Therapy for Disc Herniation

What is Disc Herniation?

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.

Disc herniation symptoms

The signs and symptoms can vary on the location of the herniation:
  • numbness or tingling
  • muscular weakness
  • paralysis, paresthesia, and affection of reflexes.
Depending on the location of the herniation patients may also suffer from:
  • sexual impotence
  • sciatica
  • However, some patients may not show any symptoms at all.

Disc Herniation Treatment

There exists several treatment plans for disc herniation:
  • Long-term use of anti-inflammatory medications may lead to complications so physical therapy may be used to alleviate these symptoms and promote recovery.
Physical Therapy provides various treatment options for disc herniation:
  • suggested graduated exercise programs
  • proper education on body mechanics
  • massage therapy
  • traction
  • electrical stimulation
Call us today at 240-724-6781 to schedule a consultation and start getting relief for your condition.