This blog post introduces and explains how the manual therapist can perform assessment and treatment for specific musculoskeletal conditions of the neck.
What are the self-care and medical approaches to treating a pathologic disc?
Self care for a herniated disc: avoid postures/activities that increase stress upon the disc and stretching/strengthening the musculature around the disc.
What are the signs and symptoms of a pathologic disc?
A herniated disc in the neck refers symptoms into the upper extremity. A herniated disc in the low back refers symptoms into the lower extremity (sciatica).
What are the causes of a pathologic intervertebral disc?
One cause of a pathologic disc (e.g., bulge, herniation) is excessive flexion postures, which drive the nucleus posteriorly against the taut annular fibers.
What is a pathologic intervertebral disc?
This article addresses the causes of the three different types of pathologic disc conditions: degenerated disc, bulging disc, and herniated disc.