Bulging Disc – Exercises You Should Avoid

Not All Exercises Are Good

Exercise can be a key part of a bulging disc treatment plan, as one of your goals should be to strengthen the muscles that support the spine to help reduce the pressure on the affected spinal disc. However, doing the wrong exercises could also exacerbate your condition. For this reason, you should always consult with a physician before attempting any type of exercise when you are experiencing neck or back pain. 

Exercises to Consider

Here are five joint exercises that you should avoid if you are undergoing bulging disc treatment, as well as some possible alternatives:

Toe touches. If you want to stretch your hamstrings, consider doing a supported stretch by placing one heel at a time on a chair to reduce the amount you have to bend your waist

Leg raises. This exercise can place an extreme amount of strain on the lower back. Instead, consider reverse curl-ups. 

Running. The impact of running – even on a treadmill – can aggravate a bulging disc. Consider walking or using an elliptical machine for the same benefits. 

Aerobics. The bending, twisting, and impact of aerobics make it a risky choice. Swimming can provide the same type of cardiovascular benefits without strain.

Crunches or situps. A plank is a much safer way to work on your core without having to bend your lower back

There are several other conservative treatments that can be attempted along with stretching exercises, including the use of pain and anti-inflammatory medications, hot and/or cold therapy, and lifestyle modifications designed to promote better spine health. 

Bulging Disc Treatment at BEST Health System

When conservative treatments fail and symptoms persist, surgery becomes a consideration. One option is minimally invasive surgery at BEST Health System, which utilizes a less than 1-inch incision and muscle sparing techniques and requires no lengthy recovery. 

If you would like to learn more about the outpatient procedures we offer as a bulging disc treatment option, contact BEST Health System today. We can help determine if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive surgeries.