How to Manage a Disc Prolapse and Disc Pain

disc prolapse and back pain from disc pain

Disc Prolapses and Disc Pain –

Did you know a ‘slipped disc’ the common term for a disc problem – doesn’t actually mean the disc has slipped out of place …

What commonly happens is there’s an area along the edge of the disc that  bulges or swells.

The size of that ‘swelling’ can relate to how much pain or discomfort you feel. due to the proximity of sensitive nerves in the area.

If the swelling / bulge encroaches the nerve, you may feel local soreness, local pain, or pain that can radiate across the bum and down the leg.

The more pressure there is – the further down the leg you may feel the problem.

Nerve tissue does not only conduct pain.

We feel numbness, pins and needles, heat, cold, and of course muscle function is controlled by nerves.

This is why when you have a disc issue – we ask about these things and also if you feel your legs are any weaker than normal.

Another function that can be affected is toileting – the saddle area is controlled by nerves in the sacral area – so it’s important to report any changes in bladder and bowel function if you have back issues immediately.

If you have retention where you can’t toilet, or uncontrolled toileting – this is a medical emergency – as is numbness in that area. – Get to ED straight away.

What not many people are aware of is that the things we automatically do that give us relief from pain – are also the things that can make us worse.

If we have swelling that’s causing pressure – we may lean away from that side – which makes sense.

However leaning away – whilst providing relief – may also encourage more swelling to occur.

This is why it’s super important to seek correct guidance and advice.

Many of our clients that come in can get really good relief and results within a few days – as they are doing ‘the right’ things to manage themselves.

Obviously the healing process still needs to happen and tissues are at risk whilst they are healing – but by doing the right things we can settle pain quickly and get you moving ‘normally’ quickly.

Understanding what’s going on and being aware of what you should and shouldn’t do are key to getting back on track quickly.

We now have an online program aimed at giving you all you need to know about discs and what you need to be aware of if you have a problem.

It’s all ready to go and you get access as soon as you purchase.

If you’re interested – here’s the link

It includes;

We’ll cover the signs and symptoms and types of disc prolapse and give you some ideas on how best to manage them in this self paced online program. Get lifetime access.

What you will learn includes:

  • What is a disc prolapse
  • how do they occur
  • what are the signs and symptoms
  • diagnosis and management
  • What you can do to help pain
  • What to watch for and when to seek help
  • How to start moving
  • Muscle release and stretching
  • lifetime access to the information and any updates for as long as the website is live

Message if you have any questions.


About Saree Hewlett (149 Articles)
Saree has 20 + years as a physio, training in the UK and completing her Masters in Manual Therapy in Perth, UWA. She has integrated Pilates into her practise having trained in the Polestar method and currently owns and runs two Studios in Perth's Northern Suburbs. A previous international Artistic Skater she understands the needs of sports people and also those suffering from chronic pain and reduced function - we all want the same thing - to be the best we can be! She is married with two active young boys!

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