Richmond: Herniated Discs

NEWSLETTER Health & Wellness Newsletter 646-820-5669 UNDERSTANDING HERNIATED DISCS

INSIDE: • Understanding Herniated Discs • Patient Success Spotlight • Treatment for Herniated Discs • Practice News • Relieve Pain In Minutes

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NEWSLETTER

UNDERSTANDING HERNIATED DISCS

Whether you have recently been diagnosed with Herniated Discs or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Richmond Physical Therapy can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call today at 646-820-5669. 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. HOW DOESTHIS HAPPEN? Thevertebrae in thespinearestackedclosely 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.

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

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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 US TODAY TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT!

“If you are looking to receive outstanding service and care then look no further Richmond Physical Therapy is the place.” “Where do I begin Dr. Madhurani and her amazing Team at Richmond Physical Therapy literally gave me my life back It sounds dramatic but it’s the truth, when I first came to them I was in agonizing pain and could barely walk I thought I would never be able to walk again but after the amazing treatment from Dr. Madhurani and her wonderful team not only am I now able to walk, the pain has decreased significantly. I am able to function without being in so much pain. Something I thought I would never be able to do I am so grateful to each and every one of them at Richmond physical therapy, they are all so friendly and personable. If you are looking to receive outstanding service and care then look no further Richmond Physical Therapy is the place.” - S.J. PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT

HEALTHY DETOX RECIPE: MIRACLE RED JUICE

INGREDIENTS • 2 large beets • 4 long carrots • 2 apples • 6 celery stalks • 2 limes or lemons • 2 inches of ginger

DIRECTIONS Prepare beets, carrots, apples, celery, limes (or lemons) and ginger by chopping into smaller pieces before placing into a juicer. As the skin of a beet is packed with antioxidants and nutrients, it is recommended to leave the skin on the beet. Do not peel the ginger, which you will add to taste as ginger can be spicy. After all ingredients are added to the juicer, blend until juiced and smooth. Miracle Red Juice can be absorbed more easily on an empty stomach. Drink one glass every other day or as needed.

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Practice News

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Relieve Back Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

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SIDELYING TRUNK ROTATION 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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