Ask your doctor about safely performing these three exercises if you have a slipped disc

Slipped disc is a nonmedical term that can refer to a number of conditions that affect the spinal discs, such as herniated discs, bulging discs, or spondylolisthesis, which is vertebral slippage. A slipped disc can be painful if displaced disc material narrows the spinal column and puts pressure on a nerve.

Among other treatments like medication and therapeutic massage, exercise is an extremely important part of finding long-term relief from symptoms related to a slipped disc. However, it is also important to perform any exercise as safely as possible to avoid further damaging the disc or worsening your symptoms.

Try these three types of exercises to help with slipped disc symptoms

Exercise provides many benefits for patients dealing with a slipped disc, from improved blood flow that can deliver healing nutrients to the discs to strengthening muscles that can take pressure off them. When attempting any of the following exercises, partner with your doctor or a licensed physical therapist to ensure you are performing them correctly and as safely as possible:

  1. Swimming. Swimming is a great low-impact exercise that leads to a strong body while also offering cardiovascular benefits.
  2. Yoga. This system of poses and breathing techniques can help stretch and strengthen the spine.
  3. Walking. Taking a relaxing walk offers a whole-body workout, aerobic conditioning and also promotes mental well-being.

When to consider surgery for a slipped disc

If a comprehensive course of treatment that includes exercise, lifestyle changes and any needed pain management does not improve symptoms enough to be able to comfortably enjoy everyday activities and time with loved ones, your doctor may recommend you consult with a surgical specialist. If you are researching surgical options to treat a slipped disc, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Since 2005 we have been able to help more than 75,000 patients with our minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery.

To learn more and receive a review of your MRI or CT scan, provided at no cost to you,* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures, speak with a member of our caring team today.