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What Is a Herniated Disc & What You Can Do About It

What Is a Herniated Disc & What You Can Do About It

Herniated and bulging discs are one of THE most common complaints we deal with in our practice.

Herniated and bulging discs are typically caused by poor posture, spinal hypermobility, and bending improperly.

A herniated disc refers to the soft, jelly-like interior of your spinal disc leaking out into the spinal canal. This condition places pressure on nearby nerves, which can cause pain, numbness, and tingling that radiates from your back into your leg.

A bulging disc occurs when a crack emerges in the exterior of the disc, causing the disc to change its shape and bulge outward. This condition can also place pressure on nearby nerves.

It may be time to come see us if you are experiencing any of the following herniated disc signs and symptoms:

  • Leg pain – most commonly on one side of the body
  • Numbness or tingling into the lower extremity
  • Weakness/unexplained muscle weakness
  • Burning sensation in the affected area
  • Pain worse with bending or prolonged sitting

How We Treat A Herniated or Bulging Disc

How We Treat A Herniated or Bulging Disc

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.

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Herniated Disc Patient Success Stories

Herniated Disc Patient Success Stories

“I was able to get rid of my back pain after seeing Dr. Scott Gray and his staff at Back In Motion Sport & Spine Physical Therapy. I cannot recommend them enough. If you are looking for physical therapy in Fort Myers, this is the place.”

Randy Henderson | Mayor of Fort Myers, FL

“I had back pain that prevented me from doing my work. It even prevented me from doing my fitness routine. Dr. Gray’s Method pinpointed exactly what my problem was and what treatment I needed. I can honestly say I am now pain-free.”

Ricardo Cardenas | Business Professional

“I had herniated a disc in my lower back and thought that surgery was the only option. However, after seeing Dr. Scott Gray I avoided that route and now I am back to my old routine.”

Emily Burke | Health Professional

Our Approach to Treating a Hernaited Disc

Our Approach to Treating a Hernaited Disc

  • The Gray Method™ An approach invented by our owner, Dr. Scott Gray. The premise behind everything focuses on pinpointing the original CAUSE of your injury, pain, or stiffness, rather than just addressing the symptoms.

  • Dry Needling Dry needling is an advanced technique that uses very small needles to puncture the skin around stiff muscles. This treatment is a safe and effective way to eliminate pain, muscle tension, stiffness, and muscle spasms.

  • Myofascial Release- A hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure and massage to the myofascial connective tissues. Your therapist will gently massage the myofascia and feel for stiff or tightened areas to eliminate pain and restore motion.

  • Mckenzie Method- A herniated disc treatment that uses repeated end range movements with sustained postural loading to help put the disc back in place taking the pressure off of your nerves.

  • Spinal Manipulation & Traction- A hands-on manual therapy technique that combines moving and jolting joints, massage, exercise, and physical therapy. It helps relieve pressure on the joints, reduce inflammation, and improve nerve function.

  • Functional Mobility & Strengthening- An approach that helps increase your overall mobility and strength to ensure your pain stays away long after rehab. Increased strength & mobility will help you heal your current pain or injury, prevent future injuries, improve your posture, prevent chronic diseases, and protect bone health.

Want Help to Decide if our Herniated Disc Treatment is Right For You?

Want Help to Decide if our Herniated Disc Treatment is Right For You?

Treatment For Your Herniated Disc Is At Your Fingertips…

Treatment For Your Herniated Disc Is At Your Fingertips…

Remember, there’s no need to stay in pain another day…

Don’t let your quality of life suffer any longer!

And please…don’t cover up or mask your pain with anti-inflammatory drugs that can harm your internal organs. They can do more harm than good!

Let’s discover the root cause of your lower back pain and get you back on course again with the correct lower back pain treatment.

Call our office or schedule your appointment today at our Fort Myers, FL physical therapy clinic or our Cape Coral, FL clinic!

PLEASE NOTE: You have no obligation after getting in contact with us.

Let’s talk about your unique situation, your goals, and your obstacles.

Together we can chart a course for your active and healthy future doing the things you love to do!

Sounds reasonable?

We look forward to working with you soon!

Frequently Asked Questions About Herniated Discs

Frequently Asked Questions About Herniated Discs

You can usually expect to start seeing results that same day and usually within that same session!

Our success rate is very high. Although we can’t help everyone with a herniated disc, about 90% of our patients heal completely!

The majority of herniated discs happen from sitting too long or bending incorrectly.

This is a flexion moment which causes the disc to get pushed backward but also tears the outer layer of the disc called the annulus.

That is a great question.

We have several ways that we treat herniated and bulging discs. The most common way we heal it is through what we call “repeated motions”.

For instance, most of the time a herniated disc is made worse with bending forward and puts the most pressure on the disc. We will help put your disc back in place by doing the opposite motion, arching your back.

It isn’t as simple as this as you need a herniated disc specialist there to see if you’re doing the motions correctly but also to progress them.