Silver Creek PT: Herniated Discs

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Josephine received her Bachelor’s of Science in General Biology from the University of California, San Diego in 2012, and later graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in San Marcos in 2018.

and looks to reach out to the Mandarin Chinese-speaking community. In her free time, she enjoys frequenting boba shops, going to the mall or the gym, reading, and playing video games.

Josephine has ambitions to eventually add the letters MTC and OCS to her titles.

She enjoys working with the variety of patients in the outpatient setting,

INSIDE : • Better Understanding Your Herniated Discs • Treatment For Herniated Discs

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BETTER UNDERSTANDING YOUR HERNIATED DISCS

INSIDE : • Treatment For Herniated Discs • Discover How To Live Pain Free!

• Exercise Of The Month • Patient Success Spotlight

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.

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 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.

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Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain. EXERCISE OF THE MONTH

Treatment For Herniated Discs

Loosens Lower Back

PRAYER STRETCH Start on your knees and bend forward, reaching arms out on floor in front of you as shown. Hold for 15 seconds, repeat 3 times.

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.

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At Silver Creek Physical Therapy, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. 1. CALL AND TALK TO YOUR THERAPIST

“Everyone I encountered did their job and did it well.” “After 15+ treatments over the course of the summer, I can comment with confidence on my recent experiences at the Sunnyvale office. Dr. Phillip Dobashi and staff managed every aspect of my case with total professionalism and attention to detail. Appointments; cancellations, insurance and all other business actions related to customer service were handled at a 5 star level. Everyone I encountered did their job and did it well.” - J.S.

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