Disc bulges and herniations respond to the same treatment techniques.
Treatment during the acute phase
Our first aim is to relieve your pain. We use myofascial techniques and electrotherapy (TENS, laser) to decrease protective muscle spasm and the surrounding inflammation. Then we aim to create more space for the nerve root and the disc, by using joint mobilisations. You will be given home exercises to increase circulation to the nerve and decrease pain. We will immobilise the back with strapping to prevent you from doing anything potentially harmful (bending forward).
As treatment progresses, we may make use of deep dry needling to sort out any residual muscle spasm. You will now be able to move more comfortably. Now we can include rehabilitation exercises to strengthen your core to prevent a recurrence of your injury.
You will have little or no pain now. You wil be able to move comfortably and get back to your daily activities or sports. Rehabilitation is very important for maintaining your strength and mobility now and prevent recurrence in the future.