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How Physiotherapy Can Help Back Pain From A Prolapsed Disc

How Physiotherapy Can Help Back Pain From A Prolapsed Disc


Anyone who has ever had disc injury can tell you that it may be accompanied by sometimes severe back pain, the levels of which can vary.  At Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic our experts have extensive experience dealing with the consequences prolapsed (or “slipped”) discs, the symptoms of which may include:

  • Pain that may often be worse during or after sitting
  • Numbness which may be more pronounced on one side of your body.
  • Discomfort that can go as far as your legs.
  • Pain that can become worse at night
  • Difficulty getting up from sitting

What Causes prolapsed or slipped Disc?

When the outer ring of a disc in your back becomes injured, the inner portion may bulge out. This is what’s commonly called a slipped disc or a disc bulge. For some people slipped discs occur with age. For others it can be a result of certain movement. For example a disc injury may occur if you turn to lift or move an object. It can also happen if you try to lift something that is far too heavy.

Physiotherapy for disc injuries

You may need some form of pain relief when you have a slipped disc. Treatment will take into account the need to ease symptoms as well as promote healing.

Managing pain and inflammation can be part of your programme agreed with your physiotherapist.  Soft tissue massage, dry needling or use of cold therapy may be some of the methods employed to reduce your symptoms.

Your physiotherapist will also concentrate on restoring normal function and movement, along with rebuilding strength on your back. You might be encouraged to start with gentle exercising and then build up to strengthening and stretching movements.

Working with the experts at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic in treating and recovering from a disc injury, you have the best opportunity for a speedy recovery and prevention of recurrence of the problem.


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