Lumbar Disc Prolapse

Lumbar disc prolapse is a displacement of disc material (nucleus pulposus or annulus fibrosis) beyond the intervertebral disc space.  

In India we have numerous activities which involve bending and twisting of the spine. The religious postures, floor sitting for eating food, squatting in an Indian toilet and cleaning the floors are some among them. 

Risk factors for disc herniation include smoking, weight-bearing sports (e.g. weight lifting, hammer throw), and certain work activities, such as repeated lifting. Driving a motor vehicle has been suggested to be a risk factor for disc herniation. 

How do you know if you have a slipped disc? 

  • Low back pain travelling down one or both leg sometimes into your feet. 
  • Pain feels like electric shock or pins and needles sometimes accompanied by tingling and numbness in leg or feet. 
  • Twisting, bending, lifting, prolonged sitting and standing will increase pain. 
  • Back, hip, knee and leg muscle weakness. 
  • Foot drop and bowel bladder disturbance. 

We, at Abhinav Bindra Targeting Performance (ABTP) do a complete biomechanical assessment of your body which gives us complete information about the body mechanics and the root cause behind the pain. We then prepare a customised training program pertaining to you specifically, and guide you on how to go about eradicating this back pain for good. At ABTP, we do not believe in treating the symptom, we believe in treating the cause.  

Exercises that can be done at home: 

Bridging:  

Lie flat on back; bend knees at 90-degree angle, feet flat on the floor. Raise buttocks off floor, keeping abs tight. Tighten buttocks. Shoulder to knees should be in straight line. Hold for a count of five. Slowly lower buttocks to floor. Repeat five times. 

Straight Leg Raise:  

Lie flat on back. Bend left knee at 90-degree angle, keeping foot flat on floor. Tighten abs. Keep the right leg straight and slowly lift right foot to the height of the left knee. Hold for a count of 3. Do 10 repetitions. Switch sides and repeat. 

Prone on Elbow Extension:  

Lie flat on stomach. Place your elbow perpendicular to Shoulder width. Slowly rise up your trunk up to hip level. Hold for a count of 5 to 10. Do 10 repetitions. 

Piriformis stretch:  

Lie flat on back. Eg: If you’re going to stretch on right side, bend knee and hip up to 90° and rotate the heel towards left side. Then push the knee towards left side chest and feel the stretch for 20 to 30 seconds. Do 3 repetitions  

Relief from Back Pain through Physical Therapy

Low back pain treatmententails therapy to decrease the discomfort, improve function and teach the patient a maintenance program to avoid further recurrences. Physical therapy consists of active and passive treatment. Your therapist may begin initially on passive therapy for a couple of days or weeks so as to prepare your body for active treatment which involves therapeutic exercises to strengthen the back and avoid further episodes of low back pain.

Passive Treatments:

Deep tissue releases – this technique helps ease the spasms and muscle tension which builds up due to daily stress. The therapist uses pressure and friction to release the tension in the soft tissues.

Care therapy® – it helps you to give instant relief from back painby fast pacing the recovery process. It significantly reduces inflammation and pain.

Active Physical Therapy:

Once the passive therapy program is complete patients are encouraged to undergo active therapy for better results. Pain is significantly reduced, functions are improved and there are lesser episodes of discomfort. Active exercise plays a significant role in reducing pain and gradually improving function. An exercise program will significantly decrease your chances and severity of future occurrences of low back pain.  Lower back pain treatmentincludes stretching, strengthening of the weak muscles and surrounding areas.

Stretching – Muscles of the lower back, abdomen, hips and legs, are stretched to allow greater flexibility and improve the range of motion in the muscles that have not been used for a long time.

Strengthening – Back strength and stability is increased through exercises which could involve the use of machines and exercise balls. 

Core Strengthening – Low back pain managementinvolves strengthening the adjoining muscles around the spine and lower back too. The stronger the abdominal, leg, hip and lower back muscles, the lesser the stress on the spine. This can be achieved through various exercises and the use of specific machines.

But how to decide on what type and mode of treatment you require that not only helps relieve your pain but also aim at faster recovery?

We, at Abhinav Bindra Targeting Performance (ABTP), do a complete biomechanical assessment of your body which tells us about your stability, balance, gait , and posture- all of which play an important role in causing back pain.

With the use of latest technology and machinery, we can assess the root cause behind pain. We then prepare a customized training program pertaining to you specifically and guide you on how to go about eradicating this back pain for good. 

We are your one-stop solution for back pain. If you are suffering from back pain, come and get assessed immediately.