Top 3 Exercises For Herniated Discs
A great exercise for disc herniation especiallyif the person has symptoms down the leg is a prone prop. A prone prop is laying onyour stomach propped up on the elbows. We hold this position in the for 2 minutes.Pretty simple. If this is too difficult and it is too much extension, too much bending backward,here is what we can do. Same idea here. We are propping up on a pillow. We arenot neutral. We are slightly beyond that. Same idea. What we are doing is we are compressingthe disc moving it forward away from the nerve relieving the symptoms downthe leg. Normally what will happen is if the person has symptoms into their lower leg andit moves forward in this direction, that is
called centralization. That is exactly whatwe are looking for. The next exercise is the prone press up. Itis a press up from the stomach position. You are going to start right here. Keep yourwaist and legs flat on the table. You are going to press up here, Becca. Hold that fora second or two and them back down. In our , we hold it at the top for 5 secondsand go up to 20 repetitions. We do it 20 times. The modification for somebody who can'tgo back that far. Start right here and press up halfway then back down. You can doit like that or you can put your hands forward and press up. Same idea just limitingthe range of motion. But as you are
doing this, if it is the right exercise foryou and you have symptoms in your leg, you should feel it moving towards your back. Whenyou don't have symptoms in your leg and they are only your back, you are doingthe right thing. For people who work all day long and theyhave a disc herniation, this is a great exercise that they can do throughout the day.What you are going to do is you are going to stand like this with your hands onthe low back, bend back and back up. The modification is you can put your hands onthe wall and do the same exact thing. Your hands would be on the wall like this, doingthe same exact thing. Take your belly button
towards the wall.
How to Read a MRI of a Lumbar Herniated Disc Lower Back Pain Colorado Spine Surgeon
we're going to look now at a lumbar spine MRI of a patient that has a disc herniation and again we see the side view spinal cordending here nerve roots coming out and the white being cerebral spinal fluidthe water these are the vertebra these are the discs the L one two
two three and three four discs arenormal the white on the inside the jelly is full of water the dark plies in thetire normal here at the four five level there is adegenerative disk you don't see the normal white of a normal disc and you see asmall tear in the back of the disc right there at the five one level it looks somewhat like the four fivelevel as it's dark in the disc but you can see a complete rupture atthe back of the disc
and a disc herniation here which isfilling up the spinal canal this is a typical disc herniation you can look at it now from the topdown view and will come down to the five one levelno better yet we will start at three four here and here is thatjelly filled donut the normal jelly on the inside the donut on the outside the sack ofnerves here all of these black dots are
the nerve roots the back of the disc isflat to concave this is normal we come down from that level to the fourfive level and here is a small tear in the back of the disc this is called anannular tear but the nerves behind that tear are not compressed therefore this patient shouldn't haveany nerve pain from this tear we come down to the five one level and here we see a massive herniated disc
you can see on the right side the nervein some of the nerves in the right side are free and open on the left side you'll see that this herniation is compressing the roots here and thispatient has significant left leg pain this is theview of the disc herniation at that level.