If you’re suffering from a herniated disc in your lower back, then you may be experiencing lumbar radiculopathy. This condition can cause pain and numbness radiating down your legs and can limit your mobility. Fortunately, physiotherapy is a safe and effective treatment for lumbar radiculopathy. Here’s what you need to know about how physiotherapy can help.
What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a form of therapy that helps people with physical disabilities or injuries rehabilitate. It combines exercises, stretches, soft tissue techniques, myofascial work, and other modalities to help promote healing and reduce pain. During physiotherapy sessions, a physiotherapist will assess the patient’s condition and create an individualized plan to address their specific needs.
How Does It Help With Lumbar Radiculopathy?
Physio works by targeting the muscles surrounding the affected area in order to relieve tension and alleviate pressure on the herniated disc. The physiotherapist will also use manual techniques such as stretching to reduce inflammation and improve the range of motion in the affected area. Exercises may also be prescribed to strengthen the core muscles to improve posture and stability in order to relieve stress on the spine from daily activities. Finally, heat or cold treatments may be used to reduce pain levels over time.
Benefits of Physiotherapy for Lumbar Radiculopathy
Physio has been proven to be effective in alleviating symptoms associated with lumbar radiculopathy such as pain, numbness, tingling sensations, muscle spasms, weakness, loss of balance, etc. Additionally, it has been shown to help speed up recovery time by reducing inflammation caused by herniated discs as well as improving overall strength and flexibility which in turn helps prevent future injuries or flare-ups of lumbar radiculopathy.
When it comes to treating lumbar radiculopathy caused by a herniated disc, physiotherapy offers many benefits including reducing pain levels while increasing strength, flexibility, and range of motion. With the help of an experienced physiotherapist who is knowledgeable about this condition, you can get relief from your symptoms while also reducing your risk of future flare-ups or injuries related to this condition. If you are currently suffering from lumbar radiculopathy due to a herniated disc then please contact your doctor for more information about how physiotherapy can help you get back on track!
If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Nitin Nair, BPT, R/TRO DIP, PT, or one of the other physiotherapists in Waterloo or Kitchener at CARESPACE. We are happy to listen and are here to help!