Symptoms and Treatment ApproachesHave you been diagnosed with a herniated disc? It is useful to know just how a herniated disc occurs as well as the various treatment options.
A herniated disc looks simple on paper - it is when disc material between each spinal vertebrae is pushed out of its normal position. In reality, the pain may be non-existent to very severe! People are sometimes surprised to hear that a herniated disc may cause no symptoms and have no effect on your life whatsoever.
It is, in fact, common for people to have some degree of disc herniation without symptoms. However, if your disc presses or impinges on your spinal cord or peripheral nerves, you will have symptoms associated with this. This is the most common situation that I see in my clinic.
In this section, we will look more closely at just what a herniated disc is - as well as symptoms, treatments and exercises.
A herniated disc is when the disc material that lies between each of your spinal vertebrae is pushed out of its normal position.
Read more about What is a Herniated Disc?
There are many potential symptoms that you can expect if you have a herniated disc. The symptoms and the degree of the symptoms will depend on a number of factors.
Read more about Herniated Disc Symptoms.
The most common area in your spine for herniation of a disc is in the lumbar spine. It is most common at the level of L5/S1, which is low down in your lumbar spine.
Read more about Herniated Lumbar Disc.
Your symptoms will dictate the treatment required for your disc herniation. As a physiotherapist working daily with herniated disc clients, I can tell you that there are many options of treatment for your herniated disc. I commonly use mobilisation techniques in a directional manner.
Read more about Herniated Disc Treatment.
Exercise must be very specific to the type of disc herniation that you have. If your disc is herniating posteriorly, and you do exercises for anteriorly herniating discs you will do more harm to your disc and cause yourself more pain.
Read more about Herniated Disc Exercise.
The most common cause of herniated discs in your neck is poor posture - or lack of good posture! Commonly I see clients who sit for long periods of time in poor postural positions developing disc-related problems.
Read more about Herniated Disc In Neck.
Herniated disc surgery recovery depends on the extent of your operation. There are many factors that recovery is influenced by - but I will cover the factors that I have found most significant with my own clients.
Read more about Herniated Disc Surgery Recovery.
Treatment of a herniated cervical disc will depend on the severity of the herniation as well as the degree of pain and symptoms that you are experiencing. Most cervical disc herniations can be treated effectively with mobilisation and strength therapy. However, if your herniated disc is severe and is associated with neurological signs and symptoms then surgery may be required.
Read more about Herniated Cervical Disc.
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