According to the American Chiropractic Association, as many as 31 million Americans suffer from lower back pain, including those that suffer from herniated discs. If you are one of them, adding therapeutic exercise may provide encouraging results. One study concluded that patients with chronic low back pain who worked out with weights four days a week experienced 28% less pain and 36% less disability than those who did not.
To find out more, and to explore other treatment options for back pain and herniated disc back pain, call the Back Pain and Herniated Disc Treatment Centers to request an appointment today.
Benefits of Exercise
Exercise, as a whole, is an essential part of maintaining good health. It supports weight control, healthy blood flow, range of motion, and overall wellness. Therapeutic exercise consists of exercises specifically designed to strengthen the muscles in the lower back, stomach and legs that will improve muscular support in the affected area, and help reduce the muscle tension and strain that contributes to herniated disc back pain.
Advantages of Professional Guidance
In order to prevent additional injury, if you suffer from back pain, and especially if you have a herniated, it is essential that you use correct posture and technique when attempting exercise. It is also essential that the correct exercises be performed to get the most out of your workout. Some common exercises such as toe touches, sit ups and leg lifts may not be recommended if your back condition cannot support the full range of motion needed.
A trained professional can put together a therapeutic exercise program that effectively targets the muscles contributing to your herniated disc back pain, and makes allowances for your unique limitations. They will also show you how to perform the exercises correctly, provide ongoing support to ensure that progress is being made, and make necessary adjustments as needed.
Most therapeutic exercise routines for back pain will consist of strength training to build stronger muscles to support your back, and stretching to promote mobility and prevent injury.
Where Can I Find a Practitioner that Offers Therapeutic Exercise for Back Pain?
Want to know more about therapeutic exercise for herniated disc back pain? Call the Back Pain and Herniated Disc Treatment Centers to schedule a consultation today. We can provide advanced diagnostic services, and put together a complete course of treatment for your back pain, including therapeutic exercise.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for Herniated Disc and Back Pain
Left to their own, most herniated discs will heal in time. But how much time? It is common for natural healing of herniated discs to take anywhere from six months to over a year. In the meantime, the patient is left with intense pain as the result. But what if there was a process that could dramatically reduce healing time, while providing pain relief?
Although doctors have used Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy since the mid-1990s to aid bone healing after spinal injury and soft tissue recovery following plastic surgery, it has gained wider popularity due to its more recent use in sports medicine, where a quick recovery is vital to a blossoming career. Athletes such as Tiger Woods and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Hines Ward have undergone platelet-rich plasma therapy with promising results.
During Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, doctors take a small vial of the patient’s own blood, and spin it to separate out the platelet rich plasma from the other components. Then they inject the resulting product into the site of the injury. The theory behind the procedure is that platelets secrete growth factors that accelerate the natural healing process.
When tissue injury occurs, platelets naturally collect at the site and begin to repair it. This is the body’s own process for healing. However, by concentrating these platelets and injecting them straight into the injury site, PRP therapy delivers a powerful mixture of growth factors exactly where the patient needs it, dramatically enhancing the healing process.
This therapy has been used successfully to treat herniated disc back pain, and speed up the lengthy healing time. At the Back Pain and Herniated Disc Treatment Centers, we offer this treatment, along with an array of non-invasive pain management options to treat herniated disc back pain.