Physical Therapy for a Collapsed Disc

Physical Therapy for a Collapsed Disc

Physical therapy often plays a key role in collapsed disc treatment, mainly because it offers both short- and long-term benefits. First, physical therapy can provide immediate relief from neck or back pain. And second, stretches and exercises can help prevent future pain and injuries by conditioning and strengthening your body, especially the muscles that support your spine.

Patients can use both passive and active physical therapy for collapsed disc treatment. Passive treatments are designed to induce relaxation, promote healing, and prepare your body for active treatments, which can enhance flexibility, strength, core stability, range of motion, and posture. All of these benefits can lead to a better quality of life if you’re dealing with collapsed disc pain.

At BEST Health System, we believe that patient education is vital for a full recovery. If you are suffering from a degenerative spine condition, it is important to understand what you may experience throughout treatment and recovery.

Common Types of Physical Therapy

To address your collapsed disc pain, your physical therapist will take into account your specific diagnosis and health history when developing a customized regimen. This may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Therapeutic massage
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Hydrotherapy (whirlpool baths)
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Stretches
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Walking
  • Water aerobics
  • Swimming

Your physical therapist can also provide instructions on self-care principles designed to help you maintain the results of your formal collapsed disc treatment program after you complete it. Regular exercise is essential for everyone — not just those who are prone to neck or back pain. They can help you prevent future health problems by promoting general wellness and enhancing the health of your spine long after you have finished your physical therapy program.

Surgery with BEST Health System

Surgery may become necessary if conservative efforts fail. BEST Health System is one of the leaders in minimally invasive treatment. Modern medical advances have allowed surgeons to minimize incisions through the use of arthroscopes and other tools. Now, patients can enjoy the benefits of surgery without the need for a large incision, lengthy recovery time, and a long hospital visit. 
If you are considering collapsed disc surgery, BEST can help. Contact our team of dedicated surgeons today to get started on your path toward recovery.