If you’re suffering from the pain of a disc extrusion, doing exercises as a treatment may seem counterintuitive. However, you should keep in mind that immobility can lead to muscle stiffness and decreased circulation, both of which can slow the healing process of the extruded disc. Try to stay as active as possible without overexerting yourself, because many extruded discs will heal over time with a consistent regimen of conservative treatments.
Types of Low-Impact Disc Extrusion Exercises
Choose low-impact activities that will not place too much pressure on your facet joints, intervertebral discs, or vertebrae. In addition, exercise increases endorphins, which are your body’s natural painkillers. Keep in mind that an exercise regimen should only be attempted at the discretion of your doctor. A few low-impact activities include:
- Walking or hiking
- Swimming or other types of hydrotherapy
- Elliptical training
- Cycling on a recumbent stationary bike
- Step aerobics
- Exercise ball therapy
Additional Conservative Treatments
In addition to disc extrusion exercises, your doctor may suggest that you try pain medication, behavior modification, gentle stretching, and hot-cold compresses. If weeks or months of conservative treatment methods do not offer you the pain relief you require, consider contacting Laser Spine Institute. We offer a variety of outpatient, endoscopic procedures that treat herniated discs, bulging discs, bone spurs, spondylolisthesis, and more. Contact us for a complimentary review of your MRI or CT scan.