When treating a herniated disc, your physical therapist will focus on strengthening the affected area with personalized strengthening exercises.
The goal of these exercises is to reduce the disc herniation or bulge while healing the outer layer of the disc called the annulus.
Once the pain and neurological symptoms are out of your leg, the treatment focuses on healing the disc and figuring out what caused the disc herniation in the first place.
For instance, is your spine hypermobile and in need of more stability?
Do you have faulty bending mechanics secondary to a lack of flexibility?
All of these things need to be considered when designing a proper treatment program to heal a herniated disc.
As your disc starts to heal, your condition will improve and the irritating symptoms should diminish soon.