Sometimes referred to as a disc “bulge”, a disc herniation is when the fluid dynamics of the spine push the disc posteriorly. Although disc bulges are relatively common, they can be extremely painful for those that have symptoms. Symptoms can include lower back pain, radiating sharp pain down the leg, loss of sensation in the leg(s), and loss of strength in the leg(s). Symptoms are typically worsened with prolonged sitting.
How Physical Therapy Helps Disc Herniations
Just as common as disc herniations are they are just as well treated conservatively without surgical interventions. A thorough Physical Therapy exam will determine which level the disc herniation is originating, how severe it is, what sort of positions trigger symptoms, and which positions alleviate symptoms. A PT plan of care will be established based on these principles. Call us today to find out how we can help you eliminate pain quickly and get back to what you love to do!