Degenerative Disc Disease nonsurgical rehabilitation often involves a physical therapist followed by home exercises. The first goal of treatment is to control symptoms. Your therapist will work with you to find positions and movements that ease pain. The therapist may use heat, cold, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation to calm pain and muscle spasm. Occasionally, injections or medication is utilized to facilitate the goals of therapy by making therapy easier to do.
Workers Compensation Lumbar Disc Herniation Rehabilitation without surgery may include work with a physical therapist. Patients are normally seen a few times each week for four to six weeks or more. The goal of PT is to control symptoms. Your therapist will help you find positions and movements that ease pain. Treatments of heat, cold, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation may be used in the first few sessions. Lumbar traction may also be used as well as massage or spinal manipulation. These forms of treatment are mainly used to help reduce pain and inflammation so you can resume normal activity as soon as possible.
Many injured workers with a herniated disc do not have surgery. Rather they try to rehab on their own or under the direction of a doctor and therapists. The employee may return to work with or without restrictions. Most injured workers returning to work without restrictions are careful and self-limit activities so as to reduce the chance of reinjury or aggravation. In either case, its important to report any new injury or aggravation of pre-existing condition to the employer and your doctor. In the meantime, here is some typical nonsurgical rehabilitation routes chosen by workers.