Herniated Disc Physiotherapy in Brampton

What Is a Herniated Disc?

Your spine comprises 33 vertebrae (spinal bones), with intervertebral discs between each vertebra. These discs play a crucial role in shock absorption, spinal flexibility, and absorbing stress during movement. They also provide support between each vertebra to prevent rubbing, hitting, or grinding against each other. These rubbery discs have a soft, jelly-like center called the nucleus pulposus, supported by a tougher exterior layer called the annulus fibrosus.

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How Does Spinal Disc Herniation Develop?

Movements such as bending forward and squatting can compress the spinal disc along the front portion of the annulus, causing the back portion to stretch out and allowing the nucleus to protrude outward. Spinal disc herniation can occur anywhere along the spine. Over time, repetitive bending movements can significantly irritate the spinal disc. Eventually, the nucleus (jelly-like center) of the disc can push through or break through the protective layers of the annulus (the outer layer), placing pressure on the surrounding nerves. This weakens the functionality of the spinal disc and can cause mild to severe pain, weakness, tingling, and numbness in the arms or legs, depending on the location of the herniated disc.

What Are Common Symptoms of a Herniated Disc?

  • Low back pain
  • Pain worsening with certain movements
  • Weakness
  • Mild to moderate pain traveling into the arms or legs
  • Pain worsening after sitting or standing for a period of time
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs

How Is It Treated? And How Long Does It Take to Recover from a Herniated Disc?

It is crucial to get assessed by a regulated healthcare professional to create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Your physiotherapist can provide hands-on treatment to alleviate pain and improve overall muscle and joint mobility and functionality. Therapeutic modalities such as IFC may be used, along with ongoing education about your condition and what you can do to assist with your recovery process. Depending on your assessment, you may also require soft tissue release from a Registered Massage Therapist to release muscle knots and reduce muscle tension in the affected areas. Recovery time for a herniated disc can vary. Acute injuries can take approximately 6-8 weeks to heal with proper treatment, rest, and therapeutic exercise. Chronic conditions may take a few months to treat. Contact Active Physio Wellness Center if you are suffering from spinal disc herniation. You can book an appointment with our experienced and regulated physiotherapist or chiropractor, and they will be more than happy to assist you in your recovery process.

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What Exercises Can You Do for a Herniated Disc?

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Prone McKenzie Stretch

Lie down on your stomach with your hands flat beside your shoulders. Take a deep breath in and push yourself up, then exhale. Hold the position for 10-15 seconds, remembering to keep breathing. Slowly return to the starting position and rest. Repeat 5 times.

Bird Dog Exercise

Start on your hands and knees, ensuring your hands and elbows are straight under your shoulders and your knees are under your hips. Tighten your core muscles and raise one arm straight up while bringing the opposite leg up. Keep your back flat and not curved. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat on the other side.

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Front Plank

Lie on your stomach and place your forearms flat on the mat, ensuring your elbow and shoulder are aligned. Tuck your stomach in to activate your core muscles and lift your body, ensuring nothing touches the mat besides your toes and forearms. Engage your core by keeping your stomach tucked in, but do not hold your breath. Hold for 15-30 seconds and repeat 3 times.

Side Plank

Lie on your side and place the side of your forearm flat on the mat, ensuring it is aligned under your shoulder. Straighten both legs and tighten your core muscles, lifting your body (hips and legs) up from the surface. Hold for 15-30 seconds and repeat 3 times on each side.

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Note: These are general exercises. You should not experience pain while doing them, and they should be performed within your pain limit. If you experience a lot of pain, discontinue them. Additionally, never hold your breath during any exercise. Ensure you take nice deep breaths at all times.

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