Exercises to relieve slipped disc pain
If you’re experiencing pain and discomfort from a slipped disc, working with your physician or physical therapist to develop an exercise plan can be an important part of treatment. The main goal of slipped disc exercises is to relieve pressure on the spine by strengthening supporting muscles. A secondary goal can be weight loss, which can take additional pressure off the spine.
There are other potential benefits of slipped disc exercises, from improved cardiovascular function to better mental health. While starting an exercise plan may not instantly relieve symptoms, exercising consistently as part of a comprehensive treatment plan has brought relief to many patients suffering from slipped disc pain.
Which types of slipped disc exercises are recommended?
For those suffering from chronic pain related to a slipped disc, it is critical to partner with a medical professional when creating an exercise plan. Even though exercise offers many benefits for patients, there is a chance of irritating symptoms through improper form or overexertion. There are certain types of effective, low-impact exercises which are often recommended. These include:
- Light aerobics like swimming, walking and biking can help control weight while improving cardiovascular health — potentially relieving slipped disc symptoms.
- Stretching and strengthening exercises, such as yoga and Pilates, can improve posture and strengthen core muscles, which takes pressure off the spine.
Lifestyle changes and other treatment options
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 slipped disc, so it may be necessary to modify your sleeping position, office seating or lifting techniques. Any activities that strain the back, such as repetitive lifting, pulling or pushing, should be avoided.
Physicians and patients will explore surgery to treat a slipped disc when a full course of conservative treatments, including an exercise plan, has been attempted without bringing relief. Traditional open back surgery is typically seen as a last-resort option because these procedures require a large incision.
Laser Spine Institute’s surgeons perform minimally invasive procedures using state-of-the-art technology to treat a slipped disc in an outpatient setting. We use a small, muscle-sparing incision that leads to a shorter recovery time^ for our patients. To find out how we may be able to help you find lasting relief from neck or back pain and learn if you’re a candidate for our procedures, contact us today for a no-cost MRI review.*