Herniated Discs Treatment and Management
Low back pain is an extremely common problem that most people experience at some point in their life. Research acknowledged LBP with a multifactorial pathology with a variety of symptoms, dysfunctions, and a number of possible sources of pain. A herniated lumbar disc is one of the factors that associated with low back pain.
What is Herniated Lumbar Disc?
A herniated lumbar disc is a displacement of intervertebral disc material (nucleus pulposus or annulus fibrosis) beyond the intervertebral disc space. In addition, the highest prevalence is among people aged 30-50 years, with a male to female ratio of 2:1. (Read More)
What are the risk factors?
Research highlighted patients with one or more of the following factors may be at risk for Herniated disc. Occupational hazard, sedentary lifestyle, road traffic accident, excessive weight, smoking, and infection. (Read More)
What are the treatment options?
1- Conservative Treatment (Physical Therapy, Exercise Therapy, etc)
2- Pain Medication (non-prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory NSAID’s medications) to treat pain and inflammation
3- Surgical Intervention (Herniated Disc Surgery)
As you can see the treatment options for the herniated Lumbar discs are varied. However, one of the most common treatment is surgical intervention. Research has shown, about 0.5-25% go on to develop recurrent disc herniation after a successful first surgery. (Readmore)
While the surgical intervention is not the only option, researchers examined the effects of conservative treatment with considering not only the recurrence rate of disc herniation after surgery but also cost reduction that benefits patients and society.
What about conservative treatment?
Studies examining the effects of loading on the intervertebral discs were reviewed to examine the plausibility of using loading through the exercise to induce regeneration or healing of the intervertebral disc.
They find out up to 66% of lumbar intervertebral disc herniations, of any variety, can actually demonstrate healing with conservative treatment. In fact, the worse the herniation, the better the spontaneous regression would be.They also suggested, that specific loading through exercise may have the potential to impart healing or regeneration of the intervertebral disc. (Read More)
Dublin Sports Injury Clinic is a Physical Therapy Clinic based in Pearse Street, Dublin 2. We have a high volume of patients who are treated with low back pain. Initially, our treatment will be focusing on helping our patients to get pain free as quickly as possible. We educate our patients to understand the cause of their back pain and how they can stay pain-free. Our treatment and rehabilitation exercises will be customized for every patient and we show them the correct techniques and progression.
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