A herniated disc, also known as a slipped disc or ruptured disc is never fun. This condition occurs when the soft discs that are located between the vertebrae in our spines slip out of place or rupture. When this happens, the nearby nerves can become irritated or pinched and cause pain, weakness, and/or numbness that can radiate through the body. This condition most often occurs in the lower back and spreads into the buttocks, down to the thighs, and even into the calves. The pain is usually worse when being active and can be aggravated by quick motions such as sneezing or coughing.
Ask Your Doctor if EMG/NCS Testing Is Right for You
If you are concerned that you have a herniated disc, it is best to see a doctor. They can do a physical exam to figure out where the pain is coming from. This is usually all that is needed for a diagnosis, however, EMG/NCS testing may be done to pinpoint the exact source or to rule out another cause of the pain such as a tumor or fracture.
Once a herniated disc is diagnosed, the doctor will talk with you about a treatment plan. Often this condition will get better on its own in a few weeks, but there are some things that can be done to speed things along. Rest, medications, and physical therapy may be prescribed. Here are a few exercises that may help. Lay face down on a firm surface. Place a pillow under the hips/abdomen if needed. Push up onto your forearms while keeping your hips down. Hold for 30 seconds and then lower yourself. Repeat 10-15 times over three sets with rest in between. Get into the same position for another exercise, but raise yourself all the way up onto your palms, being careful to keep your head, neck, and back aligned. Hold for 5 to 30 seconds and repeat 3 to 5 times. A final exercise is to stand up, put your hands on the backs of your hips, and lean back as far as possible. Be sure to get the green light from your doctor before beginning any exercise plan.
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