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Herniated Disc Treatment with Best Physical Therapy

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Herniated Disc Treatment with Best Physical Therapy

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Oct 13, 2016

Physical therapy plays a vital role in herniated disc recovery; it not only offers immediate relief from pain but also teaches you how the body must be conditioned so that further injury can be prevented. There are a number of physical therapy techniques which consist of passive treatments such as hot and cold water therapy, deep tissue massage and hydrotherapy that help in relaxing your body. The physical therapy is often started with passive treatment and once the body starts to heal active treatment is given to strengthen your body and prevent pain.  

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What are the causes of Herniated Disc?

Disc injury causes excessive pain in the body and activities such as moving, bending and twisting can further exaggerate the condition. Reasons of herniated disc can be sudden trauma, sudden injury and gradual spine degeneration that remain untreated over time. This leads to nerve impingement which causes excessive pain and often stresses along the spine and can extend to other parts of the body.  

Herniated Disc treatment by Dr. Charla Fischer

Dr. Fischer does a complete evaluation of your herniated disc and conducts in-depth diagnostic testing. It includes studying the medical history, previous medication taken, lifestyle activities, X-Ray, CT scan, MRI and EMG. MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging) offers detailed images of soft tissues, muscles, tendons, ligaments and discs. CT (computed tomography) scans can also be advised to get detailed images of the bony structures of the spine. EMG (Electromyography) is advised as it is useful for diagnosing diseases which damage nerves, muscle tissues and points where muscle and nerve join. This test helps in finding out if there was a prolonged pressure on a nerve root. She advises rest followed by gradual increase in the physical activity for pain management and continuous healing. She believes in healing the patients the natural way and advises surgery only in the cases where alternative methods cannot help.  

Contact Dr. Charla

If you want to know more about cervical disc herniation surgery or pain management through physical therapy, feel free to call at 212-305-4565 or you can also drop an email at appt-ortho@columbia.edu.

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