Disc displacement can occur in your neck, but it’s more likely to affect your lower back, causing debilitating pain and sciatica. The team at All Health Physical Therapy Inc. in Tucker, Georgia, has helped many men and women find relief from their pain and improve their mobility through personalized physical therapy. To learn more about how physical therapy can help you recover from disc displacement, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
Disc displacement occurs when the soft center of one or more spinal discs is forced out of place, making it stick out between vertebrae. Your spinal discs consist of a tough outer cover that encloses a gel-like center.
Over time, the discs dry out and degenerate, which weakens the outer cover. When part of the cover gets too weak, the inner gel pushes out through that spot. Should the outer covering tear, the inner gel leaks out, potentially letting the disc collapse and creating spinal instability.
A displaced disc may push against the spinal nerves, causing back or neck pain, depending on whether the affected nerve is in your lumbar or cervical spine. You can also end up with pinched nerves if disc displacement leads to spinal instability.
When a nerve is pinched, you may also experience pain and tingling along the entire nerve. Sciatica is one of the most common examples of this type of nerve pain.
Sciatica refers to the symptoms that develop when your sciatic nerve is pinched at the base of your spine. When the sciatic nerve is compressed, you develop pain that begins in your lower back and radiates down one leg. Though the radiating pain may feel like a mild ache or burning pain, most people describe sciatica as a debilitating, electric-shock pain.
Your physical therapist at All Health Physical Therapy Inc. reviews your medical history and performs a thorough evaluation, assessing your pain and testing for muscle weakness, numbness, and difficulty moving. All these problems can improve with customized physical therapy solutions.
Your treatment plan includes the therapy you need to improve movement and relieve your pain. If your pain is severe, you may need to temporarily modify your activities, but it’s important to keep moving with gentle exercise because activity relieves pain and stiffness.
As your therapy progresses, your treatment may include:
Your physical therapist also teaches exercises to continue at home to prevent future pain and maintain the results achieved during your physical therapy sessions.
Physical therapy can relieve pain due to disc displacement. To get started with a customized program, call All Health Physical Therapy Inc., or schedule an appointment online.