Herniated Disc Specialist

Reddy Care Physical & Occupational Therapy

Physical & Occupational Therapists servicing Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties.

A herniated disc is a common cause of back pain. Physical therapy is one of the primary treatments for a herniated disc. The experienced team at Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy in Farmingdale and Great Neck, New York, can develop a program to reduce the discomfort caused by your herniated disc and help get you back to doing the things you love. For an appointment, contact the office by phone or online today.

Herniated Disc Q & A

What is a herniated disc?

Your spine is made up of a series of bones called vertebrae. Each bone is cushioned by a disc that contains a soft jelly-like center that’s protected by a tough exterior referred to as an annulus.

A herniated disc, also referred to as a slipped disc, occurs when the jelly-like center of the disc breaks through the tough exterior and irritates the surrounding nerves.

A herniated disc may develop from a number of causes, including strains or injuries, but degeneration of the disc that occurs as you get older is the most common cause of a herniated disc.

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

Herniated discs don’t always cause symptoms. However, if your herniated disc is pressing on a nerve, you may experience back pain that can sometimes radiate to the extremities. While any disc in your spine can become herniated, it often occurs in the cervical or lumbar spine.

Sciatica, which is irritation of the sciatic nerve and causes low back pain that radiates to your leg, often develops from a herniated disc in the lumbar spine.

What are the treatments for a herniated disc?

Surgery is rarely needed for treatment of a herniated disc. Your doctor may recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to help manage pain and inflammation, but the primary treatment for a herniated disc is physical therapy.

How can physical therapy help my herniated disc?

The goal of physical therapy for your herniated disc is to reduce pain and inflammation and improve your overall quality of life. Your physical therapist develops a personalized treatment plan based on the site of your herniated disc, symptoms, and medical history.

The advanced physical therapy practice offers a number of modalities to help you reach your goals. Your treatment plan may include a combination of:

  • Aerobic conditioning
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Ultrasound therapy to reduce deep muscle pain and inflammation
  • Pelvic traction
  • Electrical muscle stimulation
  • Heat and ice therapy

Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy also offers massage therapy to reduce muscle tension and stress to ease the pain caused by your herniated disc.

To get relief from the pain caused by your herniated disc, contact the office by phone or online today.