Physical Therapy for Herniated Disc and Back Pain

Do you suffer from chronic back pain? Physical therapy can be very instrumental in managing chronic pain. Call the Back Pain and Herniated Disc Treatment Centers to request a consultation today.

The goal of Physical therapy is to improve functionality as well as to relieve pain. There are two forms of physical therapy: passive and active.

Passive Physical Therapy Options

A passive physical therapy option is defined as a service or procedure that the patient receives from the practitioner, or administers to themselves.

Examples of passive physical therapy options include the following:

  1. Heat and Cold Therapy: Heat therapy involves the application of a heat pack, and cold therapy involves the application of an ice pack. Individual patients tend to gravitate toward one or the other. During an episode of pain, these therapies may be applied for 10-20 minutes, around every two hours, or as needed.
  2. Iontophoresis: Iontophoresis delivers steroids through the skin with the accelerating power of an electrical current. First a steroid is applied to the skin,  and then an electrical current is applied that causes it to penetrate into the tissues. Steroids produce an anti-inflammatory effect, which in turn reduces pain. 
  3. TENS Units for Electrotherapy: A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS) unit uses electrical stimulation to override pain signals that are sent to the brain.
  4. Ultrasound: During this treatment, sound waves are applied, which penetrate into the soft tissues. Ultrasound can be very effective in managing acute episodes of pain and may enhance tissue healing.

Active Physical Therapy:

Active physical therapy, focuses on specific exercises and stretching. For most lower back pain treatments, active exercise is the focus of the physical therapy program. You may think that exercise is counter-intuitive when you are already in pain, but it can actually be quite beneficial.  For example: the stability of the lower back is largely dependent on the support of the abdominal muscles. Strengthening the abdominal muscles results in less pressure on the lower back, resulting in pain reduction. In addition, exercise will improve your overall wellness.

A trained physical therapist can review the specifics of your condition and recommend a specific treatment regimen. If you are interested in receive either passive or active physical therapy for your herniated disc back pain, call the Back Pain and Herniated Disc Treatment Centers and request an appointment today.