Torn disc exercises

With a torn disc, simple activities can become significantly more difficult and the idea of exercising can become incomprehensible. However, it’s exceptionally important to maintain a healthy weight with a torn disc since extra body weight can worsen symptoms of the condition. Along with a healthy diet, the following exercises described in this article can help you achieve this goal.

Low-intensity torn disc activities

It’s important to speak with your physician before you begin any exercise routine, to ensure that you’re healthy enough and to avoid worsening your condition further. However, some activities you might want to consider include:

  • Strength training. Depending on where your torn disc is located, you might be able to continue strength training. Even in a limited capacity, this activity is exceptionally helpful because it increases the number of calories you burn daily even while at rest. Plus, strengthening your core muscles reduces the strain on your spine and can help it recover.
  • Swimming. Lack of impact often makes this exercise a perfect fit for a patient with a torn disc, since it eliminates the impact and compression of the spine that occurs with high-impact sports, such as football or hockey. In fact, swimming can burn hundreds of calories per hour and help you build lean muscle mass.
  • Walking. Whether it’s exercising the dog or just taking a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood, walking makes a great activity for a person with a torn disc because it is not as hard on the body but allows you to work your heart and burn calories.

Torn disc surgery options

For more low-intensity activities suitable for a patient with a torn disc, or to learn about treatment options for the condition, including minimally invasive spine surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute. We offer multiple minimally invasive procedures that have been effective in treating torn discs, without the large 6- to 8-inch incisions, muscle disruption and long rehabilitation periods often associated with traditional open spine surgery.

In fact, our minimally invasive spine surgery offers a clinically appropriate alternative to open neck or back surgery, offering a shorter recovery period and a lower risk of complication.^ Since 2005, Laser Spine Institute has helped more than 75,000 patients regain their quality of life, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery.

By using a less than 1-inch incision that is muscle sparing, our team is able to remove part of the damaged disc in the spine in order to provide you with lasting relief from your torn disc symptoms. Reach out to us today and we will gladly conduct a free MRI review* to determine if you may be a potential candidate for our outpatient procedures. We can help you recapture your quality of life from this condition, so you can get back to the activities you love.