The discs in your spine are shock-absorbing rings of cartilage that act like cushions. Technically speaking, they separate the bony vertebral bodies while allowing movement at each spinal level and enough room for the major spinal nerves to exit from the spinal canal and travel to the limbs. These discs are firmly attached to the vertebrae (bones) both above and below.
Some Causes of Disc Injuries:
It is commonly believed that discs can simply ‘slip’ from place – this in incorrect. Instead spinal discs wear down with age (in what is called spondylosis); but most disc problems arise from traumatic injuries. Disc injuries can occur with accumulated trauma such as lifting for many years. They can also bulge (prolapse), herniate or even rupture following a once-off incident.
A disc injury definitely requires professional treatment. Hands-on techniques such as mobilisation, manipulation and traction techniques to optimally guide the healing process and provide pain relief. Modern research has discovered that by performing some specific stabilisation exercises as prescribed, the instance of re-injury have been slashed to only a 30% chance.
What we can do for you:
At PhysioCare, our team of Chartered Physiotherapists perform all of the above treatment techniques as well as educating you with what to avoid in your physical lifestyle that may affect disc injuries. We also prescribe you with numerous targeted exercises to help prevent a future recurrence of this pain. Occasionally, surgery is considered for disc injuries when you have significant leg pain, diminished reflexes, muscle weakness, reduced sensation or inability to control your bladder or bowel.