Herniated discs can be rather painful when the condition is not managed or treated. At Physiotherapy First, we offer herniated disc treatments at our Brampton wellness centre to help alleviate your pain and discomfort using physiotherapy, chiropractic care, and osteopathy.
What Is a Herniated Disc?
The spinal column consists of intervertebral discs that help with spinal flexibility. The discs also help absorb impacts from various movements. When the stresses are greater than the discs can handle, they can become herniated causing increased inflammation and pressure on the spinal column.
What Causes Herniated Discs?
Herniated discs occur from bending and lifting movements. Bending and lifting places stress on the spine and the discs. If the muscles in the back are not strong enough, the disc can slip, rupture, or tear causing herniation.
Normal bending and lifting movements do cause normal “wear and tear” as we get older and could cause herniated discs. Another common cause is from repetitive movements when the muscles are not strong enough to help keep the discs in place.
What Are Common Symptoms of Herniated Discs?
Some of the common symptoms associated with herniated discs are:
- Back pain in the region where the disc is herniated.
- Swelling and inflammation of the intervertebral disc.
- Pinched nerves that can cause pain in the legs, arms, feet, hands, and neck.
- Painful bending, sitting, moving, and lifting items.
- Muscle spasm when moving, turning, lifting, or bending.
The symptoms you can experience can vary based on the location of the herniated disc. For instance, a herniated disk in the lower back region can cause lower back pain, as well as pain in the legs and feet.
How Are Herniated Discs Diagnosed?
A detailed examination by an osteopath, chiropractor, or physiotherapist is normally performed. During the exam, various regions along the spine will be manually touched and felt. An MRI or CT scan may also be performed to determine the exact location of the herniated disc.
What Are Common Treatments for Herniated Discs?
Some of the more common treatments for herniated discs include:
- Manual manipulation of the affected area to relieve stress and pressure.
- Hot and cold therapies to help reduce inflammation and swelling.
- Muscle-strengthening exercises to help with recovery and prevent future herniated discs.
- Education about your condition so you can better understand the causes, how to prevent additional injuries while recovering, and what you can do to prevent future herniated discs.
Treatments for herniated discs at Physiotherapy First are tailored to the patient’s specific needs and requirements. Our medical professionals also encourage our patients to take an active role in creating their treatment plans.
How Long Will It Take to Recover?
The duration of treatments will depend on the extend of injury caused by the herniated disc. Recovering from more serious herniated discs could take several months. For less serious herniated discs, it could take several weeks.
Some people will also benefit from ongoing care after recovery to prevent long-term and re-occurring herniated discs and back problems.
Are Herniated Discs Covered by Health Benefits Plans in Brampton?
Herniated disc treatments are normally covered by many health benefits plans, accident injury insurance, and WSIB. We would be happy to discuss your insurance options in greater detail.
For further information about herniated disc treatments in Brampton, or to schedule an initial consultation, please feel free to contact Physiotherapy First at 905-796-6662 to schedule an initial consultation today! We look forward to speaking with you, answering your questions, and helping to recover while reducing your pain and discomfort.
Why Choose Physiotherapy First for Herniated Disc Treatments?
Our Brampton wellness centre provides access to well-trained and educated health professionals with expertise in osteopathy, chiropractic care, and physiotherapy using the latest methods and techniques to provide an exceptional quality of care for our patients. Our health professionals also participate in ongoing training and education to ensure patients receive access to the most current treatments and therapies.