Disc protrusion is more commonly known as slipped disc and affects your spine. It is mostly an age-related condition that occurs when there is a natural decline in water and protein content of the discs, making them less flexible and therefore less able to withstand pressure and cause the disc to be moved out of place. Depending on the area of the spine pain can be felt in the lower back and groin area, neck, and face or back of the chest. This is due to pressure from the disc itself or from the disc pressing down on nearby nerves.
Treatment depends on the severity of the protrusion. Sometimes, this condition can heal on its own, with the help of pain medication. The pain will subside, and the condition will fix itself within 4-6 months. However, if it is more severe and progressive, and usually affecting a nerve root in the spinal cord, treatment may be required. Treatment can vary from prescribing anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, physiotherapy, acupuncture and sometimes even surgery. Surgery is usually the last option if your symptoms do not improve after a few months. Your doctor will know the best treatment course for you.
How can physiotherapy help me?
Physiotherapy treatment may include joint tissue mobilisations, exercises for strengthening your back, acupuncture, or a soft tissue massage to relieve inflammation and pain. Exercises can be performed to shrink the size of the protrusion so that it can heal on its own. In addition to this, the physiotherapist will provide a lot of advice on how to manage the pain and suggest modifications to your daily life to not worsen your condition. In summary, physiotherapy treatment for disc protrusions will help you restore strength to your spine, avoid further back problems and reduce pain and muscle spasm.
If you feel that physiotherapy can help you overcome and manage your disc protrusion, please contact Home Physio Group on 0330 335 1016 to talk to our team, or alternatively, please use the contact form on the website and we will reach out to you.