Causes, symptoms and physiotherapy treatment
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Most of the time, ruptured discs are the result of a gradual, age-related wear and tear of the disc (often called disc degeneration).
You see, as we age, our spinal discs lose some of their water content, making them less flexible and more prone to rupturing, even due to simple tasks. Many causes of disc ruptures often are from people using their back muscles to lift and carry heavy objects instead of using their leg and thigh muscles. Twisting and turning while carrying a lifted object may also cause rupturing of the spinal disc.
Less frequently, a fall or a blow to your back can also cause a herniated disc, which is another cause of back pain. This is called slipped disc.
As our spinal disc becomes less and less elastic, the risks of it rupturing increases. If/when a spinal disc ruptures, a portion of the disc pushes outside its normal boundaries, herniating into the nearby structures (often the nerves) - causing pain, numbness and weakness in your back, leg or arm.
Symptoms of a Ruptured Disc
One can actually have a slipped disc without even realizing it, as slipped discs can sometimes show up on MRI or spinal images of people who have no symptoms of a disc problem.
That being said, some slipped disc can be excruciatingly painful. Most common symptoms include pain, numbness and weakness in back, leg, arm and shoulders. Some people may experience sciatica, which refers to a pain that initially starts in the buttock and slowly "radiates" down the back or the side of their legs.
Treatment for Ruptured Disc
Slipped disc or herniated disc usually gets better when managed conservatively, meaning that surgery for a herniated disc usually isn't necessary.
Treatment of a slipped disc is influenced by several factors - age of the patient, activity/functional level and severity of symptoms experienced.
What you can expect here from our physiotherapists is one-to-one, unrushed and personalized stabilization exercises, which do not directly affects the disc but works safely to stabilize your lumbar spine muscles.
You may also get the following treatment:
This decreases the load experienced by the disc and vertabrae. You see, stronger and well=balanced muscles helps to control the lumbar spine and minimize the risk of injury to your nerves and your disc.
You can expect our physios to not only teach and advise you how to exercise safely but also the types of exercises that are suitable for your lifestyle, age and symptoms.
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Specialist Rehab Group works with specialist physiotherapists and specialist rehab therapists who are highly trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of expert care to our patients.
Areas of specialization
- physiotherapy: back and neck (spine), sports, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle
- hand therapy: forearm, wrist, hand and fingers
- podiatrist: leg, calf, ankle, foot and toes
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All our therapists are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCM). See our entire team here by location and specialization.
Initially, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough
assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to
help you recover. They then provide
expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific
exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term
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We are a wholly Singapore Private Limited group of licensed physiotherapists, hand therapists, podiatrists, chiropractors, sports massage therapists, clinical pilates practitioners and TCM physicians practicing in our scope of rehabilitation and its areas of specializations. As listed in our website are the list of services we provide our clients as referred by their medical doctors or by self referrals/word of mouth.
The range of rehabilitation results vary from patients to patients, depending on a variety of factors and reasons such as severity of condition, genetics, gender and age. However, we will still deliver the best evidence-based-practice of physiotherapy, hand therapy, TCM, sports training and deep tissue release therapy that we can deliver.
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