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EXTRA SUPPORT FOR YOUR HERNIATED DISC 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 is 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 of. 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 you face the risk of potentially herniating a disc in your back.

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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 movements, 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, manual therapy, dry needling, and specific exercises. 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. We recommend scheduling a consultation with one of our physical therapists as soon as possible, in order to treat the pain before it intensifies.

If you are looking for a natural, easy, and effective way to manage your back pain, schedule a consultation with Boulet Physical Therapy & Wellness Institute today! Call 337-264- 9856 or visit our website at


even if virtually – you deserve it! 3.Start something new! Try taking up a new hobby that’ll get you moving! There are several outdoor activities that’ll allow you to take advantage of the warm weather, such as golfing, beach volleyball, running clubs, kayaking, rock climbing, or hiking the trails. Try your hand at some of these to see which suits you best! Any new physical hobby will help you get the exercise you need. Just make sure you keep up to date on the Covid-19 recommendations in your area. Call us forhelpat 337-264-9856. If you findyourself inpain,or if you’dsimply likesomeextramotivational assistance, don’t hesitate tocontact us. Ourmission is tohelpyouachieveahealthymind, body, andspirit through our services.

1.Get outside! This may seem like an obvious one, but not everyone has a strong interest in the outdoors. It can sometimes be difficult, especially on particularly hot or humid days. However, getting outside as often as you can boost your energy levels and get you some much-needed Vitamin D. 2.Rearrange your schedule. Does your schedule leave little time to fit in physical activity? Perhaps you have a full day of commuting, preparing your kids for summer camps, volunteering, and acting as a chauffeur while the kids are out of school. Adding in 30 minutes of physical activity into your busy routine can make a big difference in helping maintain your function. Try takingawalkduring your lunch break, working out in themorning, or even treating yourself to an exercise class,



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Keep up with your physical therapy exercises to relieve pain and prevent further injuries. If your pain doesn’t subside, consult with your therapist about what other things might be causing pain.

After injuring my lower back while working offshore, I did

not think that life would ever be the same. With the help from the staff at Boulet Physical Therapy andWellness I was able to build up the strength to return to my former job. I am also able to play with my daughter and ride my motorcycle again!” - A. P.

Call Boulet Physical Therapy & Wellness Institute for a

complimentary injury consultation. We will guide you so you can get back to the activities you love.


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Swan Dive Lay on stomach with your arms overhead. With your arms for support, press your chest and torso upward, keeping the muscles in your trunk and legs relaxed. Repeat 6 times.

• 1 salmon fillet thawed • 1/2 cup Feta Cheese • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley • 2 Tbsp roughly chopped

fresh chives • Juice from half a lemon • 1/8 tsp salt • Pinch of pepper

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil for easy clean up. Combine parsley, chives, Feta, lemon, salt and pepper on cutting board. Run knife through the combination several times, chopping up all ingredients to mix. Spread combined ingredients on salmon fillet. Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through. Serve!

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

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