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Lumbar Disc Herniation (Low Back) treatment guide

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Guide Overview

A brief summary of what you'll find inside our treatment guide.

Definition

Lumbar Disc Herniations are extremely painful and involve damage to the soft spongy discs that cushion and separate the joints of the spine.

Causes (Aetiology)

Herniated discs are often traumatic in origin and occur during sports or following a slip, trip or fall but can occur at any time as a result of awkward movement; such as bending and twisting.

Signs and symptoms

Disc herniations may result in compression of the spinal nerves; a condition more commonly known as sciatica.

Symptoms include:

  • Severe continuous backache with sharp pain on movement
  • Acute ‘shooting’ pain into the back of the leg, calf or foot
  • Tightness, ‘locking’ or ‘spasm’ into the surrounding muscles
  • Pain when coughing or sneezing

Management

Although extremely painful, most disc herniations can be managed with gentle mobilisation exercises and stretches to keep the surrounding muscles relaxed.

If left untreated scar tissue and adhesions often form around the injury site which increases the likelihood of recurring back pain.

Acute phase

Pain always causes a protective guarding in the tissues which shortens the muscles and hampers rehabilitation.

Our treatment guide provides expert advice on how to reduce pain and inflammation and create the right conditions to accelerate recovery.

Post-acute phase

Post-acute phase rehabilitation involves the staged introduction of isometric, concentric and eccentric stretches, scar tissue removal, and proprioceptive exercises to strengthen the connective tissues to achieve a full range of movement and reduce the likelihood of recurring back spasms.

Prognosis

Herniated discs generally respond well to conservative treatment and a combination of pain relief, mobilisation and decompression therapy.

Our treatment guide provides comprehensive tips and advice to achieve a pain-free range of movement in the shortest possible time.

Complications

Complications include intermittent or recurring back pain. There may also be an increased likelihood of developing osteoarthritis or other degenerative back conditions in later life.

However, if you follow the treatment guide correctly and are diligent with the rehabilitation programme, then you are less likely to develop complications.

Regular stretching and decompression exercises are just some of the techniques contained in our clinically proven treatment guide to help prevent ongoing symptoms. 

Start today and fast track your recovery!

Our guides contain all the latest clinical advice for musculoskeletal healthcare.

You can save hundreds of pounds or dollars on expensive physical therapy by treating the condition simply and effectively at home.

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