If you’re experiencing pain and discomfort from a slipped disc, there are a number of slipped disc exercises you can perform (with a doctor’s approval) to help alleviate some of those symptoms.
The main goal of exercise in the treatment of a slipped discruptured disc if you use improper form or lift too much weight. Exercises such as Pilates and yoga may be ideal for slipped discs because they strengthen the core and legs while incorporating beneficial stretches.
Slipped disc exercises also help you maintain a healthy weight, which is another extremely important part of slipped disc treatment. When your body is overweight, your spine may have to compromise its normal structure to compensate for the extra pounds it must carry. Low-impact aerobics like swimming, walking, and bike-riding are excellent for helping you achieve a healthy body weight without irritating your slipped disc symptoms.
In addition to slipped disc exercises, your physician may encourage you to modify certain activities that are counterproductive to the healing process. Improper posture and body mechanics can place added strain on a herniated disc, so it may be necessary to modify your sleeping position, office seating, or lifting techniques. Any activities that place strain on the back, such as those involving repetitive lifting, pulling or pushing, should be avoided.
If you’ve tried slipped disc exercises and still experience symptoms like pain, weakness, and numbness in your back, neck, and extremities, Laser Spine Institute (LSI) can help. Our minimally invasive, endoscopic procedures use state-of-the-art technology to effectively treat symptoms of slipped discs in an outpatient setting using local anesthesia. For a free CT scan or MRI review, or to learn more about how our procedures can help you reclaim your active and pain-free life, contact us today.