- ABOUT US
- Injuries and Conditions
- Women’s and Men’s Health
- Injury Prevention
A herniated disc, also know as a slipped disc, is a condition that causes back pain, nerve irritation and muscle weakness or numbness in different areas of the body. With the right treatment, an individual suffering from it will be able to manage their pain relief. Also, learn how to condition their bodies against further injury.
A herniated disc occurs when there is a rupture in one of the discs. Between the vertebrae that make up the spine. Each disc is made up of two component parts – a soft inner part and a tougher outer ring. Sometimes, a back injury or weakness can cause the inner part of the disc to protrude out through the tough outer ring resulting in a one.
Once a herniated disc occurs, it tends to cause irritation to any nearby nerves in the back. This results in pain and discomfort for individuals. However, there have been cases where individuals have shown no symptoms of a herniated disc at all.
The most common location for a herniated disc to occur is between the fourth and fifth vertebrae of the lumbar spine. This is located in the lower back. Although this condition is most commonly an age related issue or due to an injury, there are many other factors that could increase your risk of developing one. These include your weight, occupation and your genetics.
If you think that you may be suffering from one it is important that you seek professional help. If left untreated, if severe enough, can often lead to permanent nerve damage.
Treatment for a herniated disc depends on the severity of the condition. In severe cases, surgery may be required but for the most part physiotherapy is sufficient in providing immediate pain relief. Also, providing you with techniques to condition your body against further injury.
Your physiotherapist may use techniques such as deep tissue massage, dry needling, hot and cold therapy, and taping to help relieve pain in the affected area. You may also be given a physiotherapy exercise program to help address any flexibility, posture, strength and core stability issues caused by the herniated disc. These exercises are designed to ensure that the affected area regains strength and ensures that no further injuries occur.
Here at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic, our chartered physiotherapists are experiencing in treating a multitude of back related conditions. If you would like to book an appointment or have any questions, you can contact us here.