Rehab Advantage: Herniated Discs

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Back pain can develop for all sorts of reasons. From a car accident to bad posture, to an uncomfortable seat for a prolonged period of time, back pain can come out of nowhere and cause no small amount of discomfort once it arrives.

I N S I D E TREATMENT FOR YOUR HERNIATED DISC WORKSHOPS EXERCISE ESSENTIALS STAFF SPOTLIGHT

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• Treatment For Your Herniated Disc • Exercise Essentials

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(Continued from outside) There are some back injuries, however, that are even more painful than your run-of-the-mill back pain. A herniated disc is one of the most painful back injuries that you can experience, and it is far more common than you may be initially aware. What is a Herniated Disc? Your spine is made up of a series of interlocking bones with small cushions in-between each joint socket. The structure of your spine is what allows you to move freely from side to side. Every time you crunch your abdomen by bending forward, or lean to one side or another for a deep stretch, those little vertebral bodies move with you, keeping you comfortable and your back strong. Without cushioning in between each of those sockets, the bones would rub against one another with every movement, and this would be incredibly painful.

in between the vertebrae and causing the bones to begin to rub against one another. This is painful enough as it is, but can become even more painful if the herniated disc actually begins to press on the adjacent spinal nerves, causing the pain to spread even further up the spine. The most common placement for a herniated disc is at the lumbar vertebrae in the lower back. While it is not the only reason that pain can become severe in the lower back, it is definitely one of the most severe forms of back pain. If you suspect that you may have experienced a herniated disc it is important that you seek medical attention, such as from your physical therapist. A herniated disc will not heal on its own, and working with a physical therapist is one of the best ways to experience relief from the pain associated with this common concern.

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When a disc becomes herniated, the cushioning in between the vertebrae will rupture, essentially deflating the cushioning

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TREATMENT FOR YOUR HERNIATED DISC

How does this happen? The vertebrae in the spine are stacked closely together, with only a small amount of space for the discs in between each bone. A disc can become herniated as a result of injury, car accident, or even simply from overuse. One of the most common causes of a herniated disc is heavy lifting. Weight lifters have to be especially wary not to suddenly lift something too heavy, otherwise risk experiencing a slipped disc. But experienced gym-goers are not the only ones at risk. Every time you attempt to move a piece of furniture, a heavy box, or even a big bag of books you need to be wary to lift correctly, otherwise face the risk of potentially herniating a disc in your back. Treatment for Herniated Discs Pain associated with a herniated disc often develops in the sciatica nerve, and doesn’t subside with simple rest and relaxation. While hot and cold therapy will help alleviate the pain associated with many different back issues, it won’t make the pain of a herniated disc go away. The pain is often frequently associated with numbness, weakness, and tingling in the legs. In many situations, the pain will feel more severe after initial movement, such as standing up or laying down. Many people mistakenly refer to having a herniated disc as having “pinched a nerve,” but that is not the case.

Physical therapy is a great resource for attempting to overcome the pain associated with a herniated disc. A combination of passive and active techniques is typically employed, including deep tissue massage, electrical stimulation, and hydrotherapy, as well as deep stretching and strength building.

If you suspect that you may have a herniated disc, contact a physical therapist right away. Attempting to engage in therapy at home could lead to further injury. It is best to have an experienced therapist assess your injury before attempting any treatment options. CALL TODAY! www.rehabadvantagesportsmed.com For more information about how to rid your life of back pain, contact Rehab Advantage & Sports Medicine today.

EXERCISE ESSENTIALS STABILIZING ORTHOTICS T RY T H I S MOV EMENT I F YOU AR E E XP E R I ENC I NG BACK PA I N . WH Y ORT HOT I CS?

Stabilizing orthotics are prescription shoe inserts. They’re custom-made to easily slide into your shoes and support the unique shape of your feet. Just as everyone has a unique personality, everyone has a unique body structure and foot shape. The benefit of using custom-made orthotics - rather than generic, mass-produced ones - is that they’re perfectly fitted to you.

S I D E LY I NG T RUNK ROTAT I ON

While lying on your side with your arms out-stretched in front of your body, slowly twist your upper body to the side and rotate your spine. Your arms and head should also be rotating along with the spine as shown. Follow your hand with your eyes. Hold for 20 seconds repeat 3 times on each side.

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Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

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Rehab Advantage & Sports Medicine is a privately owned physical therapy and rehabilitation practice. We offer the latest treatment techniques to reduce pain and achieve results for each patient. Rehab Advantage provides patient centered care and gives individualized treatments to help every patient achieve their goals!

“I worked as a physical therapist aide for one year and was recently moved to front desk position at the beginning of 2018. Now I handle all scheduling for appointments and free workshops held every month. One thing I enjoy about the job is how it challenges my ability to multitask and see first hand a side of the clinic most people do not see.”

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