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In the Portland area there are many options for healthcare and some clinics may seek to prescribe a medication to mask the pain or immediately recommend surgery. It’s important to consider less risky or non-invasive treatment options first.
At Maine Spine & Nerve we take a different approach. We focus on non-surgical solutions for spine and nerve disorders. Our approach diagnoses where your pain is originating from and then we non-surgically correct the underlying condition. Many of our patients are able to avoid surgery and the need for expensive prescriptions. We’ve also been successful with patients that are experiencing the after effects of a failed back surgery.
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If you are diagnosed with a slipped disc, keep moving around and exercising. However, it’s important to know a few tips so you don’t make mistakes.
What’s a herniated disc?
A slipped or herniated disc can be excruciating. The spine is essentially a stack of bones called vertebrae, separated by spinal discs. The discs have a hard case in the center that contains a gelatinous material called nucleus pulposus. While healthy discs allow for spinal flexibility and shock absorption, herniated discs occur when they bulge farther than the edges of the adjacent vertebrae. If you want to recover as quickly as possible from a slipped disc, exercise is one of the surest ways to make progress. However, it’s critical to know how to protect your body when working out. Here are exercise tips – both what to do and what to avoid:
Do's and don'ts – exercise tips
Bear in mind that you should always speak with your healthcare professional before beginning any exercise routine. First, there are several things you never want to do if your disc is herniated:
• Don’t touch your toes. Be very careful about anything that involves bending forward (flexion). Keep your back as straight as possible when exercising.
• Don’t use stomach crunches. Find other ways to build your abs that don’t involve so much spinal flexion.
• Don’t lift anything heavy from the floor. “Reach for weights that are near or at your height, or start off with exercise machines which have seats, cables and handles” to avoid free weights altogether, says Christie Leclair of SteadyHealth.
• Don’t overdo it. Be careful about pushing yourself too hard when recovering from herniated discs. The process of getting your strength back must be gradual.
Okay, so the above are wrong things to do. What’s the right way to approach exercise?
• Stay active.
• Go for walks. Walk help to improve your range of motion. Make sure your shoulders are back, your chest is raised, and your abdomen is engaged.
• Build your core. Your primary concern to promote recovery when you exercise is getting your core stronger, notes Leclair. “You can do exercises which engage many muscles at the same time,” she adds, “like Walking Overhead Lunges using light dumbbells, or hanging leg raises.”
Getting sound professional help
Are you suffering from a slipped disc and want to recover as fast as possible? At Maine Spine & Nerve, our approach diagnoses where pain originates and non-surgically corrects the underlying condition. See our success stories.