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Injury Recovery: Can Physical Therapy Help a Herniated Disc?

Injury Recovery – Herniated Disc

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Facing a herniated disc might feel overwhelming, but here’s the good news: physical therapy can be a game-changer in your healing process. In this blog, we'll explore how physical therapy can help ease the symptoms and discomfort linked to a herniated disc. Plus, we'll discuss the timeline for seeing meaningful improvements through these treatments.

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Understanding Herniated Discs

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Before we dive into the role of physical therapy, let's first understand what a herniated disc entails. A herniated disc, also known as a slipped or ruptured disc, occurs when the soft inner core of a spinal disc protrudes through the tough outer layer. This can lead to pain, numbness, and weakness in the affected area, often impacting daily activities and quality of life.

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The Role of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy for a herniated disc is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, it's a customized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and condition. Here's how physical therapy can help:

  1. Reducing Pressure on Spinal Nerves

    1. Physical therapy focuses on techniques and exercises that relieve pressure on spinal nerves, alleviating pain and discomfort.

  2. Active Treatments

    1. Active treatments are aimed at improving your body's mechanics and functionality. This includes core stability exercises to strengthen supporting muscles, stretching and flexibility exercises to improve range of motion, and muscle strengthening to enhance overall stability.

  3. Passive Treatments

    1. In addition to active exercises, physical therapy may also include passive treatments like manual massage therapy techniques. These techniques help reduce pain, release tension, and promote relaxation.

  4. Duration of Treatment

    1. While immediate relief may be experienced after starting physical therapy, significant and lasting results typically occur over time. In our experience, patients often see improvements after 6 weeks of consistent therapy, with more substantial and lasting benefits realized between 10 to 18 weeks.

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Evidence-Based Results

Research supports the effectiveness of physical therapy for herniated discs. A study highlighted improvements in pain and overall function after just 6 weeks of physical therapy for lumbar disc herniation.

By the 12-week mark, participants experienced significant and lasting improvement, showcasing the positive impact of structured physical therapy interventions [1].

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A Valuable Ally

Physical therapy is a valuable ally in the journey to recover from a herniated disc. By addressing pain, improving flexibility, strengthening muscles, and promoting overall spinal health, physical therapy offers a holistic approach to healing. If you're dealing with a herniated disc, consult with a qualified physical therapist to create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs and goals.

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[1] Gugliotta M, da Costa BR, Dabis E, et al Surgical versus conservative treatment for lumbar disc herniation: a prospective cohort study BMJ Open 2016;6:e012938. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012938

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