A ruptured or herniated disk is when the center of the disk (nucleus) pushes through the outer layer and presses against the nerves. This can cause back pain that may radiate down legs as well. If surgery is not required as treatment for a ruptured disk, then Physical Therapy is prescribed by the Physician.
A ruptured or herniated disk can cause pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness down legs or arms depending on the location of the disk affected. This happens when the center of the disk pushes through the tough outer layer at a weak spot and causes compression against the spinal nerves.
Once Physical Therapy is initiated,
Let’s discuss the anatomy of the spine to learn more about a herniated disk.
The spine is made up of 33 vertebrae, each with a disk in between to act as a cushion or a shock absorber and to prevent the vertebrae from rubbing against each other. The outer layer of a disk is called the annulus which is a tough fibrous tissue that attaches between each vertebra.
Jerry Ober was diagnosed with a ruptured disc causing his spine to become unstable between the L4 and L5 vertebrae. He had been challenged with back problems for many years, not being able to stand, walk, sit, or do activities that he used to do without pain. It also had left him with an uncomfortable gait in his left leg for some time.