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Lumbar Disc Inflammation

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Anatomy:

  • The intervertebral discs sit between each vertebrae of the spine
  • The discs are made up of cartilage
  • The discs primary job is shock absorption through the spine however it also does allow for a small degree of movement
  • As a normal part of the ageing process, the lower back can have some degeneration, therefore we do not treat your scan on your back but rather treat the symptoms you present with. Unlike other health practitioners we do not scan every back that comes into the clinic. However for certain presentations we may recommend medical imaging 

Pathology:

  • Sometimes the disc becomes inflamed, this is generally due to excessive flexed positions like sitting or lifting something heavy
  • Occasionally when the disc becomes inflamed it can irritate a nerve, this is called a radiculopathy.
  • The prognosis for a discal injury is always favourable and rarely results in long term pain and discomfort
  • When the disc is inflamed the musculature around the lower back and hips go into spasm, this is a normal response that the body does to help protect your lower back.

What to do:

  • Physiotherapy treatment:
  1. Soft tissue release or dry needling to the hyperactive muscles around the lumbar spine
  2. Gentle joint mobilisations to improve mobility in the lower back
  3. Perhaps our best tool is to educate you
  • Active rest is crucial in the early hours of the management of your pain
  • Active rest is
  1. 50 minutes of lying flat on your back
  2. 5 minutes walking around the house
  3. 5 minutes stretching as prescribed by your Physio
  4. Ice your lower back to reduce the inflammation
  5. Repeat!
  • It is crucial to avoid sitting as much as possible. Lie or Stand up!
  • Listen to the exercise progression from your Physiotherapist, we are experts in the rehabilitation from discal irritations.