Physical Therapy for Herniated Disc & Bulging Disc in NJ
What are spinal discs?
Your spinal discs are the rubbery cushions that separate each of the vertebrae in your spine. These discs are made of soft cartilage material that is surrounded by a tougher exterior. This cartilage helps your back move with flexibility and also protects your bones. Over time, your spinal discs can weaken and deteriorate, causing them to be less flexible and more likely to become damaged.
What causes a spinal disc to bulge or herniate?
It is common for spinal discs to change and shift gradually over time due to normal aging. They can also be impacted by injury to the spine. When these disc changes occur, secondary problems can arise – including bulging discs and herniated discs. A bulging disc is a condition that occurs when a spinal disc bulges out from between its surrounding vertebrae. The part of the disc that bulges out is typically the tough, outer layer of cartilage. A bulging disc can cause pressure on nerves surrounding the spine, resulting in painful symptoms. A herniated disc is a condition that occurs when there is damage to the tough, outer layer of the spinal disc cartilage, causing some of the inner center to protrude out of the disc. As with a bulging disc, a herniated disc can cause pressure on nerves surrounding the spine, resulting in pain, numbness or muscle weakness.
What are the symptoms of bulging and herniated discs?
Symptoms associated with bulging and herniated discs will vary from patient to patient, depending on the severity of the condition along with other factors. In fact, some patients may experience no symptoms at all. The most common symptoms associated with a bulging or herniated disc include:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Arm or leg pain
- Numbness or tingling that radiates down the back of the legs (sciatica)
- Muscle weakness
- Pain in the buttocks, shoulder, arm, thigh or calf (depending on the location of the herniation or bulge)
Do I need physical therapy for a herniated disc or bulging disc?
If a bulging or herniated disc is the root cause of your symptoms, Exchange Physical Therapy Group can tailor a treatment plan to address your condition. We offer the most current and innovative physical therapy treatments for disc bulges and herniations in the neck or back. Our hands-on approach paired with personalized treatment plans enable us to safely and effectively restore your back to a better functioning, pain-free state. Most importantly, our doctors and physical therapists can help you return to the sports and physical activities that you love. At Exchange Physical Therapy Group, we can provide you the support you need to get the relief you deserve.
If you are suffering from a bulging disc or herniated disc, visit one of our Exchange Physical Therapy Group locations in Weehawken or Jersey City. We are open seven days a week and accept walk-ins so you can come in anytime. If you would prefer to schedule an appointment in advance, you can fill out the form on this page.