Exercise is one of the simplest, most effective things that you can do to help manage the symptoms of your collapsed disc. There’s no specific prescription that you need to get, no significant side effects to worry about and no restrictions on how often you can do it. Of course, like many types of nonsurgical collapsed disc treatment, exercise is most effective when it’s done on a regular basis. But, you can do it whenever your schedule allows — even while you’re watching TV. And, you may even start to feel better right away. Exercise releases endorphins, which can help reduce your perception of discomfort.
Ready to get started? You might try these four easy exercises:
- Side planks (to strengthen your core muscles)
- Pelvic tilts (to temporarily relieve pressure on your lower back)
- Walking (to get your heart rate up and improve circulation)
- Chin tucks (to stretch the muscles in your neck and upper back)
Exercising with neck or back pain
Before adopting a new exercise routine, it’s a good idea to touch base with your physician. He or she can help you set realistic expectations for your collapsed disc treatment and provide recommendations for medications or other options to add to your plan.
Your physician can also monitor your progress and — if it comes to it — help you determine if you need to have surgery. Many people are able to manage their collapsed disc symptoms without surgical treatment, but it may be helpful to have a trusted professional provide advice if you reach the point where you’re considering a surgical procedure. If you start to find that exercise, work, travel or other activities are out of the question because of your symptoms, you might want to explore your surgical options.
Minimally invasive collapsed disc surgery
At USA Spine Care, we understand that surgery is a last resort — but our minimally invasive procedures offer a number of advantages when compared to traditional operations. For instance, our surgeons use muscle-sparing techniques, which can lead to a shorter and less complicated recovery.^
If you’d like to learn more about our collapsed disc treatment options, contact us today. We can review* your MRI for free to help you determine if you’re a candidate for our outpatient procedures.
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