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Four exercises you can do for disc extrusion treatment

Among the most common disc extrusion treatments, exercise helps to provide pain relief by improving both the strength and flexibility of the spine. While overexertion may cause further damage, low-impact exercises can improve circulation, flexibility and core muscular support, and are a critical part of the healing process. Before you try any new exercises to improve the pain caused by your disc extrusion, be sure to consult with your physician, as some exercises could potentially worsen your condition.

Exercises for disc extrusion treatment

While there are many exercises that can be done to improve spine strength and flexibility, here are a few that physicians commonly recommend for a disc extrusion:

  1. Lie face down — As simple as it may seem, lying face down is extremely effective in addressing disc extrusion pain. Begin your day by laying on your stomach in bed or on a softer surface like a yoga mat. By allowing your body to relax in this position, your lower back naturally becomes more arched, and pushes on the back of the extruded disc, helping to move the material from the nucleus pulposus back into place.
  2. Sphinx pose — Begin by lying on your stomach. Carefully prop yourself up on your elbows, with your hands out in front of you. Hold the pose for 1-2 seconds before returning to the start position. Repeat 6-8 times per set. This exercise can be done daily.
  3. Cobra pose — Start on your stomach with your hands palm-down under your shoulders. Slowly, push your chest off the ground until either your lower back stops or your arms are straight. Hold for 1-2 seconds and repeat 6-8 times per set. This exercise can be done daily.
  4. Standing extensions — Stand straight with your hands on your lower back, fingers facing down. Gently push your hands into your lower back, letting it arch naturally. Hold for 1-2 seconds and repeat 6-8 times per set. Be careful not to lock your knees while standing straight.

While some slight discomfort as you do these exercises is considered normal, if you experience severe pain, or pain that travels further down the arm or leg, stop doing the exercises immediately and consult with your physician.

Minimally invasive procedures at USA Spine Care

If you have tried conservative disc extrusion treatment like exercise for several months without significant improvement, it may be time to consider your surgical options. At USA Spine Care, our surgeons perform minimally invasive, outpatient procedures that offer alternatives to traditional open spine surgery. Contact USA Spine Care today to receive a no-cost review of your MRI* and find out if you may be a candidate for our state-of-the-art procedures.

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