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What kind of exercise is good for a herniated disc?

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Dr. David DeChellis
Pain Management
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In brief: McKenzie

Talk to your therapist about mckenzie directional-preference based therapy.
In most people excercises of lumbar extension help to centralize pain, but not the case in all people with disc herniations. Far lateral disc herniations tend to respond to lumbar flexion exercises better. Get formal evaluation to see what directional preference therapy best for you.

In brief: McKenzie

Talk to your therapist about mckenzie directional-preference based therapy.
In most people excercises of lumbar extension help to centralize pain, but not the case in all people with disc herniations. Far lateral disc herniations tend to respond to lumbar flexion exercises better. Get formal evaluation to see what directional preference therapy best for you.
Dr. David DeChellis
Dr. David DeChellis
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Careful exercise

Start by avoiding prolonged positioning & repetitive twist or bend maneuvers.
If you had physical therapy, resume those exercises. Use of otc medication will help control symptoms. Cardiovascular workouts may help except for rowing & maybe running. If you did not have pt, you may want to get a session to learn exercises. Weight control & not smoking are key. Time is biggest healer.

In brief: Careful exercise

Start by avoiding prolonged positioning & repetitive twist or bend maneuvers.
If you had physical therapy, resume those exercises. Use of otc medication will help control symptoms. Cardiovascular workouts may help except for rowing & maybe running. If you did not have pt, you may want to get a session to learn exercises. Weight control & not smoking are key. Time is biggest healer.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery
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In brief: Core muscle strength

You need to do abdominal and low back strengthening and flexibility training.
There are certain exercise regimens that are designed to stabilize the core muscles in the trunk to help with herniated disc issues.

In brief: Core muscle strength

You need to do abdominal and low back strengthening and flexibility training.
There are certain exercise regimens that are designed to stabilize the core muscles in the trunk to help with herniated disc issues.
Dr. Roger Frankel
Dr. Roger Frankel
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