Physical therapy and herniated disc

Physical therapy and herniated disc

April 28, 2022

This is when the nucleus, which is located between the spinal cord vertebrates, is removed from the annulus. Herniated discs can also be called bulge ruptured, slipped or slip. It can happen in any of three spinal sections (thoracic cervical and lumbar).

Lumbar herniated disc

Mirror resonance imaging tests can identify a herniated disk. A herniated spine is characterized by back pain. Other symptoms, such as pain in the lower spine and buttocks, are also common with lumbar herniated disks. A herniated disk can cause punching of any spinal nerve, which can lead to weakness, numbness, and tingling in your legs.

Herniation of the cervical spine

A herniated cervical disc can cause severe pain, muscle spasm, and weakness in the neck, shoulder, or upper limbs. If left untreated, the condition can progress to the point that the disc herniation causes pinching of spinal nerves. This can cause arm dysfunction and pain in the arms.

Herniation of the thoracic spine

This is the most rare type of herniation. This type of pain is located in the abdomen and can cause weakness in the legs.

Herniated disc – Physical therapy

A physical therapist will identify the affected area as herniation can occur in many places. They will assess your strength and identify areas that are causing pain. A herniated disk can cause nerve pinching, which can also affect your sensations. You feel pain in your back for two days. You will be guided by a physical therapist. Your physical therapist will recommend bed rest, aerobic exercises like walking and swimming, and depending on your condition, they may also recommend a set of exercises like dying bug, prone extensions, and standing rows.


If the disc herniation has not been severe enough and the disc is only slipping slightly, a physical therapist may be able to help you. However, if you have multiple discs herniated or a significant herniation, then you will need to have surgery. After that, you can consult a physical therapist. It is nearly impossible to return your normal range-of-motion after spinal surgery. However, a physical therapist can help you achieve that goal.

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