How physical therapy provides treatment for a herniated disc in the neck
A herniated disc occurs when the soft inner material of a spinal disc pushes through a weak spot or tear in the tough outer layer. This condition so commonly occurs in the neck because the upper spine must be constructed in a way to support the weight of the head while staying flexible enough for the delicate movements that the head requires. This puts tremendous stress on the spinal discs, which act as shock absorbers between the vertebrae and allow for basic movements.
With age and other factors like posture, upper chest breathing pattern, and injury, a herniated disc can become more likely to develop in the neck, causing nerve compression that results in localized pain and radiating symptoms into the extremities. Among the many different forms of treatment available for a herniated disc in the neck, physical therapy offers many unique advantages in terms of helping symptoms in the short term while also providing long-term relief.
If you’re exploring your therapeutic options for a herniated disc in the neck and want to learn how physical therapy can offer relief, we’ve prepared the following information. We’re always here to help, and we invite you to reach out to us at any time with your questions.
Benefits of physical therapy for a herniated disc in the neck
By working with a physical therapist, you can develop a plan that is designed to accomplish the following treatment goals for a herniated disc:
- Strengthen and stabilize the neck to relieve pressure on the disc
- Improve range of motion
- Improve posture and lengthen the spine
- Relax tense muscles and release trigger points
No two cases of a herniated disc in the neck are alike, so it’s important to work with a provider who can create a personalized care plan that is right for your specific needs.
Franklin Rehabilitation — your treatment partner for a herniated disc in the neck
No matter what the cause of your herniated disc, one of our compassionate experts will work with you to identify the underlying sources of your symptoms and help you develop practical options for relief.
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