What are some physical therapy exercises for a herniated disc?

Core strengthening. Once you get the ok to exercise from your doctor, work on strengthening your abs and back muscles which will be protective of your spine. You need to do them in a way so as to not cause pain or other injury. Best to work with a physical therapist to develop a home exercise program.
Many kinds. There are many kinds of exercises for a herniated disc. One type that we use often is called the mckenzie method named after robin mckenzie, an australian physical therapy. The theory here is to try to have the patient move the spine in a way that causes the least amount of pain. For someone with a disc herniation, this is usually spinal extension. With time, the leg pain starts to subside.

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Herniated disc. What does this MRI report mean? I am doing physical therapy. Should I still get an epidural shot? Does massages make it worse?

Can't say. Without more information, in general physical therapy and massage may be beneficial. Need more information about you history and clinical findings to answer what the MRI report meant or whether epidural analgesia would help. Read more...
Where? At your young age a true herniated disc in your lumbar spine that is causing both pain in your lower back and down your leg( esp. Past your knee) is a signifigant problem.Physical therapy , nsaids may be helpful. See a good spine specialist ( either ortho or neuro surgeon before you begin lesi's( injections).Massage can be helpful temporarily and will do no harm. Avoid 'manipulations'. Gl! Read more...

Sudden onset of major pain in neck and headache following physical therapy for herniated disc and chronic radiculopathy.

See doctor. If u have a " herniated disc" and have an abrupt increase in pain in your neck or increase in your radicular pain after a p.T. Session i would contact your ors or neurosurgeon. It may indicate a worsening of the disc protrusion, possibly. Read more...

I have a herniated disc in my neck c4-5. The ortho dr is urging me to have an epidural or at the least trigger point shots. The chiro is saying no. Is physical therapy good for this or adjustments?

No right answer. If it comes to surgery generally speaking necks do a good bit better than low backs do hope you get feeling better soon check your vit d level and get it up to >50 which will help a little bit of everything. Read more...
Listen to the ortho. A chiropracter, despite what they would have you believe, does not have the expertise to advise you appropriately. Go on line and find out how many people in the us have spinal cord damage from manipulation. Listen to expert orthopedist with lengthy education and experience. Read more...
What r your symptoms. If you are having mainly neck pain, physical therapy is the first step. Steroid injections can be appropriate if there is severe pain radiating down the arm. However, if the pain is tolerable, hold off on injections initially. I would recommend massage therapy and stretching over trigger point injections at first. Aggressive chiropractic adjustments in the neck must be used with caution. Read more...
Diagnosis first. The injections are to confirm clinically what the pain generator is he is trying to figure out what pain is coming from where , the disc causes refered pain but usually not tenderness confirming the working diagnosis for pain is alwys a good idea. Read more...

Herniated disk on L5 and have dull achy pain on legs especially knees. MRI showed nerve not pinched but touching disc. Have done physical therapy?

Incidental finding. Disc is an incidental finding that doesn't correlate clinically to your target symptoms, should be ignored better to look for another diagnosis a diagnostic injection can confirm generalized leg and knee ache atypical description for an L5 radiculopathy. Read more...

Is a hernaited disk reversable? I have just started physical therapy. Will this fix the herniated disk or just help me to manage it?

Disc. herniated disks are not put back into place by PT but through PT and antiinflammatories they can be managed and many patients' symptoms resolve. Read more...