Herniated Disc Specialist

Individual Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy located in Long Hill Township, NJ

When acute pain or chronic pain related to a herniated disc limits what you can do, consider the benefits of physical therapy. At Individual Physical Therapy in Gillette, New Jersey, the experienced team offers comprehensive treatment options to alleviate pain associated with a herniated disc and improve your overall flexibility, strength, and mobility. End the pain of a herniated disc by calling the office in Gillette or using the online booking feature for an appointment.

Herniated Disc Q&A

What is a herniated disc?

A disc is a rubbery cushion that rests between the vertebrae through your spine. These discs absorb shocks and provide stability to your spinal column. Each disc is made up of a tough outer material and a gel-like center.

In the simplest terms, a disc herniation is when the disc structure changes and puts pressure on surrounding nerves. This causes persistent pain in your neck, back, arms, or legs and can make certain movements painful.  

What causes a herniated disc?

A herniated disc can develop over time due to the natural wear-and-tear on the discs as you get older, a common condition known as disc degeneration.

Acute injuries can also result in disc herniations and often occur due to improper movements, such as lifting, twisting, and bending while at home, at work, or participating in sport-related activities.

You may be at increased risk of developing a herniated disc if you’re overweight or work at a physically demanding job that involves a lot of lifting, bending, or other repetitive movements with your back.

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

Typically, herniated discs occur in the cervical spine (neck) or lumbar spine (low back).

You may feel intermittent or persistent pain, numbness, or weakness in your back or neck, or into your buttocks, legs, shoulders, or arms. Sudden movements, such as a sneeze or a cough, can intensify your symptoms in the areas listed above. You may have note loss of motion in your back or neck.

If the disc herniates in your neck, you may experience new onset or higher intensity headaches.

How can physical therapy help with a herniated disc?

When the initial acute injury occurs, physical therapy can provide significant pain relief and improvement of function through movement, joint mobilizations, and massage.

The goal of physical therapy in treating a herniated disc is to move the disc away from the nerve, reducing pressure and relieving pain. The team at Individual Physical Therapy will work one-on-one with you to create a customized, individualized treatment plan to address your specific areas of pain while progressing your strength, flexibility, and mobility to your highest level possible. Treatment approaches will focus on manual techniques used in conjunction with targeted exercise.

If you’ve already had back or neck surgery, your provider will customize a treatment plan to improve the healing process and help rebuild the muscles that support the spine to improve your overall function.

To find relief from herniated disc pain, schedule an evaluation with the team at Individual Physical Therapy by phone or use the online booking system.