Herniated disc therapy and rehabilitationHerniated disc therapy makes sense if you suffer from severe, persistent pain in the back or even numbness paralysis becomes noticeable. These complaints can considerably restrict your everyday life and health and should be remedied promptly. That's why the goal of disc therapy is not only to relieve pain, but also to improve mobility, as well as stabilize and strengthen the muscles.
Herniated disc: rehab& Therapy
Whether and how to treat a herniated disc depends on the symptoms and their severity experienced by the affected patients. Depending on the location, these can. The severity of the herniated disc varies. A herniated disc can occur in the cervical spine, the thoracic spine and the lumbar spine, although it is rare in the thoracic spine.
Symptoms of a herniated disc of the cervical spine
If affected persons suffer from a herniated disc of the cervical spine, this often makes itself felt through pain in the neck. However, it often does not remain there exclusively, but in many cases radiates into the arms, the hands or even the back of the head.
In the arms and hands, the herniated disc may manifest itself as more than just pain. Slight tingling or numbness can also be signs of a herniated disc. These are also referred to as neurological deficits. More rarely, patients in these regions also report feeling cold.
Affected patients often adopt a protective posture to make the neck pain more bearable for themselves. In doing so, they hold their head slightly askew, which, however, has a negative effect on the entire area and can lead to further tension and hardening.
Features of the herniated disc of the lumbar spine
In the lumbar spine, a herniated disc tends to make itself felt through very severe and stabbing pain in the back. Especially when the affected persons want to bend over or lift something, this pain is particularly severe.
Coughing and sneezing can also increase pain, sometimes radiating to the buttocks or legs. Depending on the severity of the herniated disc, there may also be a tingling or paralyzing sensation in the leg muscles.
Patients with a herniated disc in the lumbar spine also often adopt a protective posture in order to better tolerate the pain. In the long run, however, this is not a solution, as it can lead to a worsening of the condition.
Consequences of herniated disc: what can happen?
A herniated disc brings not only acute symptoms, such as the stiffened muscles, the pain, etc., but also the symptoms of the herniated disc. It may well lead to late effects. If a herniated disc lasts longer than 6 weeks and remains untreated, secondary diseases can occur, such as:
– persistent tingling and/or numbness in the arms and/or legs – persistent pain in the arms (cervical spine), legs or buttocks (lumbar spine) – blocked vertebral joints – reduced muscle strength – unsteady gait due to reduced muscle strength – incontinence, or. Disturbances in the bladder& Bowel emptying
The gait instability can manifest itself in various ways. A very common one is the so-called foot-lift weakness, also called "drop foot. The automated sequence of walking no longer works as usual: The affected person does not roll the foot from the heel to the toes, but puts the entire sole or outside of the foot on.
The weakness of the foot lifter, however, does not only occur in the case of a herniated disc, but also after a stroke or in the case of multiple sclerosis. Therefore, should always be examined by an orthopedist for disc herniation or other possible diseases.
What types of herniated disc treatment are available?
For the treatment of a herniated disc, both surgical and non-surgical, so-called conservative, methods are available in medicine. Your specialist will be able to tell you which is the most suitable choice in your case after a thorough examination. Because the choice of treatment method – especially the question of whether surgical or conservative – depends very much on the symptoms and the severity of the herniated disc.
In most cases, surgery is performed for paralysis and disturbances of bladder and rectal function. If the discomfort lasts longer than We at KIRINUS will then take care of the rehabilitation measures and follow-up treatment at our rehabilitation clinic for herniated discs.
Conservative treatment for herniated disc: healing without surgery
Bed rest or immobilization are rarely prescribed today. In the case of a herniated cervical disc, however, it may be necessary to immobilize the cervical spine with the aid of a cervical collar. Likewise, a stepped bed positioning can be helpful in case of very severe pain in the course of a herniated disc of the lumbar spine.
In the majority of cases, however, a herniated disc is treated with light to moderate exercise. For example, with special physiotherapy for herniated discs. This can also be part of an inpatient rehabilitation, such as in our rehabilitation clinic.
Together with the therapist, movement patterns and sequences are practiced that are low in pain so that the affected patients are no longer so severely restricted in their movements in everyday life.
Other treatment options for herniated disc rehab may include:
– Local pain therapy for herniated discs, for example, through massage or injections for herniated discs – heat therapy – stimulation current therapy
When should therapy be carried out for a herniated disc??
Not every pain in the spinal area means a herniated disc, and not every herniated disc necessarily requires treatment. In many cases, the body usually overcomes the discomfort on its own. Dismantles the worn-out part of the gelatinous nucleus itself.
However, if the symptoms persist for several weeks, you should consult a specialist as soon as possible. If you notice numbness or disturbances in bowel and/or bladder emptying in addition to severe pain, you should go to the doctor immediately. In such cases, surgery may be advisable.
You do not yet have a confirmed diagnosis from your doctor? Then you are welcome to talk to our experts in our practices and our orthopedic center.
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How is rehabilitation for a herniated disc carried out??
A follow-up treatment or rehab after a herniated disc helps you get back on your feet and something with targeted exercises and training to make your spine mobile again and prevent further herniated discs.
In order for you to know in advance how a follow-up treatment in our rehabilitation clinic can proceed, we will give you an overview below.
Our team welcomes you when you arrive and looks forward to welcoming you to our facility. You move into your room in peace and quiet and can recover a little from your arrival before we start the next step of our arrival phase.
Get to know our team of doctors and therapists
The arrival phase is all about getting to know your clinical picture and specific symptoms after you arrive. For this purpose, the arrival examination and an initial interview take place at the beginning, in which we can get a comprehensive impression. Your doctor looks at the previous findings. Clarifies open questions with you. Afterwards you will get to know your reference therapist. This concept, which we have created, is so far unique in Germany.
Your reference therapist will be your constant contact for the duration of your stay with us for all questions related to the therapy. We find that this is the best way to develop a trusting patient-therapist relationship, which is so important for a successful therapy.
You would prefer to spend your stay in rehab with a companion? No problem! We also welcome your accompanying person with us.
– You will be accommodated in the same room – Full board is included – The use of the swimming pool and the common rooms is included – Your accompanying person can use the entire therapy offer on prescription or against private payment.
Your therapy – individually adapted to you
After our therapists and physicians have gained an impression of your clinical picture, they adapt your personal therapy plan to your individual complaints and needs.
Various treatment elements are available from which you can select suitable measures or, if necessary, combine them with one another. These treatment elements include, for example:
– Group therapy on various topics – Drug treatment – Nutritional counseling and dietetics – Physical therapy – Functional exercises – Pain therapy – Occupational therapy – Socio-medical counseling, transitional care and management – Special training for patients – Psychological counseling
After getting to know each other, we decide which measures will best advance your recovery after a herniated disc. Because then our doctors and therapists also know whether there are any accompanying symptoms or other illnesses that should also be treated.
When your stay with us comes to an end, you will receive a comprehensive final report and all current findings for your doctor who will continue your treatment. So they know what measures we have taken during your follow-up treatment.
Four pillars for holistic recovery
Our rehabilitation and follow-up treatments are based on a holistic "four-pillar approach.
Physical reconstruction: With targeted exercises and selected therapy methods, we strengthen your body, reduce functional impairments and increase your performance capacity.
Psychological healing: Long hospital stays or protracted illnesses can take their toll on the psyche. On our private ward for acute psychosomatics, our experts will be able to. Experts will also directly take care of your psychological recovery.
Training in dealing with the disease: We provide you with knowledge about which lifestyle habits can promote a herniated disc, which are harmful and what you can do differently in everyday life to reduce the risk of further concomitant and secondary diseases.
Integration into everyday (working) life: So that you can return to your everyday life strengthened, we equip you with valuable knowledge, especially with regard to the use of medications and aids.
How long does rehab for a herniated disc last??
The length of therapy for a herniated disc depends on the severity of the condition. As a rule, the duration is at least three to four weeks.
Which prerequisites must be met?
We take care of the aftercare of your herniated disc and your recovery. The diagnosis on the part of a specialist should already have been made.
The follow-up treatment should have already been applied for and approved by the payer.
Who pays the costs for the therapy?
Different carriers are eligible for the amption of costs. If the primary goal of the rehab is to restore your health, the health insurance will cover these costs. If the goal is to restore you to working life, then the pension insurance carrier would be responsible for covering the costs.
– What to do if you have a slipped disc?
If you have acute pain in the back or neck that persists over a long period of time, you should go to your family doctor or treating orthopedist to have a herniated disc clarified.
If the doctor confirms the suspicion and makes the appropriate diagnosis, it depends on the severity of the pain and the accompanying symptoms, whether a therapy or treatment is necessary. Rehab measure is indicated.
Some herniated discs disappear again by themselves after a few weeks. However, if the pain and discomfort persist, treatment should be sought.
Depending on the orientation of the therapy and the severity of the symptoms, treatment lasts an average of three to four weeks. It also depends on the general condition, rehabilitation process and needs of the patients concerned.
Herniated discs do not have to be a one-time thing. They can also occur repeatedly, even after intervertebral disc surgery. How often you are affected depends on various factors.
Age and stress-related degeneration play a role, as do lack of exercise and obesity. In most cases, weakened muscles also play a role in the development of a herniated disc.