Collapsed disc exercises

Conservative collapsed disc treatment plans frequently include specific exercises to help you find pain relief.

The goal of these exercises is to maintain flexibility in the spine and throughout the body, and increase core muscle strength to help ease pressure from your spine. Core muscles assist in carrying the weight of the body, thereby reducing stress placed upon discs.

Low-impact aerobics, stretching and other exercises are likely included in a typical treatment plan. Other conservative measures include pain medication, hot/cold therapy, physical therapy, etc. Understanding the symptoms and causes of a collapsed disc can help you maintain the dedication required for a successful outcome in conservative treatment.

Causes of a collapsed disc

A collapsed disc often occurs as a result of the natural aging process of the spine. The constant pressure on the discs from the surrounding vertebrae can cause the discs to flatten and expand, losing their natural height and shape. This collapse can cause instability in the spine and lead to nerve compression, which can result in a series of uncomfortable symptoms.


The most common symptoms associated with a collapsed disc include:

  • Weakness
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Localized pain in the area of the nerve compression
  • Pain that travels the length of the nerve being compressed

Types of exercise for a collapsed disc

Your collapsed disc exercise routine will be recommended by a physician or physical therapist after a review of your condition and your physical health. You should always consult a medical professional before beginning any new treatment or workout plan to ease the pain of a collapsed disc or any other spine condition. Without proper medical guidance, you risk injury and other health concerns.

Minimally invasive treatments

If the exercises and other conservative treatments don’t give you the pain relief you were expecting, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute. Our procedures offer patients a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery — with a lower risk of complication and a shorter patient recovery time.^

For a collapsed disc, we offer minimally invasive solutions that can help alleviate your pain. The type of procedure you receive will be discussed with you after our team reviews your MRI or CT scan and performs a health evaluation. To take the next step on your journey to pain relief, contact Laser Spine Institute today and request a review of your MRI or CT scan.