Nerve impingement and Herniated discs
Herniated discs are also known by many other names such as “slipped discs”, “bulging discs”, “ruptured discs” or “disc protrusions”. A herniated disc refers to a problem with one or more of the rubbery cushions (discs) which are located between each vertebrae throughout the spinal column. A spinal disc is similar to a jelly donut, with a softer gelatinous center with a harder outer layer. A herniated disc occurs when some of the softer “jelly” pushes out through a tear or a crack in the outer tough exterior. Physical therapy helps with herniated discs and nerve impingement by taking pressure off of the irritated nerve roots which causes pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg. If the herniated disc is in the cervical spine (neck) and the disc material irritates a cervical nerve root it will cause an altered sensation in one or both arms such as numbness, and tingling.
If a herniated disc irritates or impinges (presses) upon lumbar nerve roots it will cause similar altered sensation in the buttocks and into one or both legs. Most people who have a herniated disc or multiple herniated discs don’t require surgery to correct the problem. We offer multiple solutions for herniated discs through physical therapy, activity modification, and at home stretching/strengthening programs. As always our physical therapists are here to help. Call now 718-730-9040, Help is only a phone call away.