Four exercises that can be used for bulging disc treatment
Bulging disc treatment comes in many different forms. Unfortunately, there is no cure for a bulging disc, but once you have been diagnosed by your physician, he or she can recommend several different treatment methods to help you manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Your physician might suggest avoiding activities that could worsen your symptoms, and may prescribe hot and cold compression therapy or pain relievers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to relieve your bulging disc pain.
Exercise as a treatment method
Your physician might also suggest a series of stretching techniques and exercises that can improve your flexibility and relieve pressure on pinched nerves that may be causing your discomfort. Here are four exercises that physicians commonly recommend for bulging disc treatment:
- Lie face down on your stomach with your arms by your sides. This position forces your back to arch and improves the natural curve of the spine.
- Stand up straight and place your hands on your lower back behind your hips with your palms facing inward and your fingers pointed down. Push your hands into your pelvis so that your lower back arches, but don’t use your lower back muscles.
- Lie face down with your arms bent and your hands, palms-down, beneath your shoulders. Push up on your hands until your elbows have completely straightened and your lower back stops you, holding this position for a couple of seconds, and then lower yourself back to the floor. Start with a few repetitions and work your way up to more over time. You can repeat this exercise every two hours or as needed.
- Stand in front of a chair as if you are going to sit on it, placing your feet slightly more outward than your knees. Lower your body until you touch the chair and then stand back up again. Start with a few repetitions and increase to more as you are able. As you get stronger, you can perform this exercise without the chair and lower your body until your knees are bent at a 90 degree angle.
Consult a physician or physical therapist
Always remember to consult with your physician before starting any new exercise program for the treatment of your bulging disc. If conservative treatments and gentle exercise fail to improve your symptoms, then surgery may be an option.
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive, outpatient surgeries for patients who need more advanced bulging disc treatment. To find out if you’re a candidate, contact us today.