Herniated Discs – The Culprit of Your Back Pain?

Herniated Discs – The Culprit of Your Back Pain?

Back pain is the most commonly reported area of pain across the nation. Your spine works hard throughout the day and sometimes even small movements can result in pain if there are underlying issues occurring. Your spine is comprised of 26 bones, all cushioned by gel-like discs. These discs provide flexibility to the spine, but they can sometimes slip out of place, or “herniate,” resulting in pain around the nerves. If you are experiencing back pain, there is a chance you may have herniated a disc. For more information about herniated discs and scheduling an evaluation with a physiotherapist, contact NRG Athletes Therapy today.

How do I know if I have a herniated disc?

The location of the pain can sometimes determine whether or not it is stemming from a herniated disc. Pain from herniated discs typically occurs in the lower back, and can spread to the buttocks and calves. Simple everyday movements, such as sitting or sneezing, can cause the pain to flare up, as pressure is being put onto the pinched nerves.

Your primary physician will diagnose you with a herniated disc and will likely refer you to a physiotherapist for treatment. You may undergo some diagnostic tests, such as x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, myelograms, or electromyograms, in order to determine if you do indeed have a herniated disc. A CT scan will provide images to your doctor by taking several pictures of the spinal cord from different angles. An MRI creates 3D images of the spinal cord that are helpful in detailing where the pain is coming from. A myelogram highlights the spinal cord by injecting dye into the spinal fluid and then taking an x-ray of the spine. A electromyogram helps in determining whether any of the nerves are compressed or damaged by placing a needle electrode into the muscle.

How will physiotherapy help with a herniated disc?

If you are suffering from a herniated disc, your physiotherapist will first conduct a physical evaluation to determine the extent of your physical abilities. A treatment plan will then be created specifically for you and your personal needs. This will typically include an arrangement of stretching and strengthening exercises, aimed at relieving your pain and enhancing the natural healing process of your body. Other specialized treatments may be added into your plan as your physiotherapist deems fit, such as ice and heat therapies, massage therapy, ultrasound, and electric muscle stimulation (EMS). The primary goal of physiotherapy treatments is to get you back to your normal physical function.

Ice therapy can be used to reduce inflammation, while heat therapy can be used to alleviate pain and stimulate healing. Massage therapy also helps to relieve pain by massaging the muscles and tissues that surround the affected area. This increases blood flow, loosens muscles, and enhances the healing process. EMS works by blocking pain signals from entering your brain. It also increases the production and release of endorphins throughout your body, which act as natural painkillers.

Physiotherapy is a holistic, noninvasive approach to pain relief. It has been proven to help with several limiting conditions, including herniated discs. In many cases, physiotherapy treatments alone can eliminate the need for surgical procedures or harmful drugs. If you are suffering from a herniated disc, or you’d like to come in for an evaluation, contact NRG Athletes Therapy to schedule an appointment today. Our team will help you take the first steps toward long-lasting relief and recovery.


Pain Shouldn’t Be a Part of Your Everyday Life. Take Back Control With Physiotherapy!

Manage Your Pain, and Manage Your Life

As you may have already learned the hard way, chronic pain can hurt more than just your body. Conditions that limit your mobility and prevent you from pursuing your favorite activities can make you feel a gut-wrenching loss of control over your own life. The sheer endless onslaught of pain can also promote serious mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. If you’re not living the life you want, you can change that life by changing your approach to your chronic pain problem. That’s where physiotherapy can come to your rescue.

The Physical, Mental and Emotional Impact of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a lingering source of distress by definition. Pain that goes on for months or years at a time can wreck your life, especially if you know that irreversible damage lies at the root of the pain. As a result, you may experience any or all of the following torments:

  • Lifestyle limitations– Your life was a lot more fun, varied and involving before chronic pain came along. Now that you can no longer play your favorite sport, pursue a beloved hobby, play with your kids or work at your job, you feel understandably bored and frustrated.
  • Learned helplessness– Chronic pain can lead to a psychological response known as learned helplessness, especially when your chosen pain-fighting techniques aren’t getting results. Eventually you stop even trying to combat the waves of pain and the limitations that they impose on you.
  • Depression and anxiety– There is a clear, well-established link between chronic pain and equally debilitating mood disorders. One study found that 77 percent of chronic pain sufferers also suffer from depression. Major, long-term depression can have its own negative effects on your health, from sleeplessness and fatigue to difficulty concentrating. The unpredictable or frightening aspects of chronic pain, from its impact on your medical bills to concerns over a serious illness, can also cause intense anxiety or aggravate a pre existing anxiety disorder.

Physiotherapy Puts You Back in the Driver’s Seat

Simply taking action and trying a new weapon on your chronic pain can make you feel better by giving you back your feeling of control. You’ll feel even better once your physiotherapy program starts to tame your pain and restore your mobility. A caring physiotherapist provides you with all kinds of tools, beginning with a better understanding of your pain’s causes and effects. You’ll receive valuable education on how you can use physiotherapy for a lifetime of drug-free pain management.

Then there’s the physiotherapy itself. Strength training, flexibility exercises, massage, laser therapy, TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), dry needling, heat or ice treatments, and acupuncture can all work together to reduce your pain and inflammation. A long-term physiotherapy pain management plan can even include techniques to “rewire” your brain. We can show you how to alter your relationship with your pain, enabling you to pursue your exercises and other treatments with more energy and enthusiasm. As your pain recedes, your mood stabilizes and your sleep quality improves. Best of all, you will feel like you’re calling the shots for your life once again.

Take Command, Starting Today — by Contacting Our Physiotherapist

Don’t let chronic pain tell you what to do or how to feel. Reclaim command over your life, starting today. Contact our physiotherapist at NRG Athletes to learn more about our pain-busting methods. You’ll be taking the first step toward a happier existence!


Stand up to your back pain! Physiotherapy can help relieve chronic low back pain

Got low back pain? Then get a physiotherapy referral!

Physiotherapy is a leading profession involved in the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain. In fact, low back pain is one of the most common reasons people come to work with a physiotherapist. Researchers in our field have even developed concise and comprehensive practice guidelines to help therapists manage this condition in their patients.

Keep reading to learn how physiotherapy can help you find meaningful relief from your lower back pain!

1.Many known risk factors for low back pain are preventable—a physiotherapist can help you modify these.

Low back pain is so common that most people will have it at least once in a lifetime. It’s not always clear what triggers back pain in the first place, and most experts agree that there are usually multiple issues at play, including activity level, occupation, age, family and medical history, and the presence of other health conditions like smoking, obesity, and diabetes.

A physiotherapist can work with you to help you identify and modify your preventable risk factors. For example, sitting too much is correlated with lower back pain. By helping you control your pain and improve your physical function and ergonomic environments, a physiotherapist makes it easier for you to increase your physical activity level and minimize the amount of time you spend sitting.

2. A physiotherapist can design customized treatment plans that can relieve and resolve your condition.

Based on the current clinical practice guidelines created by the American Physiotherapy Association’s Orthopaedic Section, a person presenting with low back pain can be classified into one of several distinct treatment categories, based on a thorough examination. This type of systematic categorization is cost-effective and beneficial, since it helps patients receive services specifically designed for their needs.

Thanks to their extensive training, a physiotherapist can skillfully tease out hidden issues contributing to your back pain condition, such as nerve impingement, movement incoordination, poor core muscle activation, and range of motion limitations. These are issues that are often overlooked or under-addressed by other professionals—and explains why interventions that just provide symptom relief are often not effective in the long-term.

In other words, if underlying issues like instability or incoordination aren’t addressed, your issue is likely to recur! By addressing the underlying causes of your back pain and then systematically managing these issues with personalized treatment based on research, a physiotherapist can alleviate your symptoms and reduce your likelihood of chronic suffering.

3. Treatments provided by a physiotherapist are drug-free, non-invasive, and safe for all ages.

The risk for low back pain tends to increase with age, but people of all ages can struggle with this broad condition. Fortunately, physiotherapy services that are proven effective for low back pain—including corrective exercises and spinal manipulation—are safe and appropriate for folks from all walks of life. If a specific service is contraindicated for you, your physiotherapist can deliver plenty of other treatments to support your healing.

Lastly, physiotherapists are experts at identifying how low back pain limits a person’s participation in daily activities, and how these limitations can be resolved or compensated for. After all, your progress outside the clinic matters even more than your progress inside the clinic! Our physiotherapy team always looks for the bigger picture of your condition and will help you modify your daily tasks in a way that will make you feel successful, safe, and confident.