Disc herniation

We repair disc herniation without surgery in 95% of the cases. Our key principle for treatment of hernia without surgery is to improve nutrition of intervertebral discs for their natural regeneration.

For this purpose we apply a complex of methods: of spinal correction through the short lever method, massage therapy, movement treatment on David simulators and physiotherapy. Our doctors select the range of treatment options for each patient individually, depending on their condition.

What are the symptoms of disc herniation?

A herniated cervical spine is characterized by symptoms such as neck pains, which shoots to the arm, thorax and shoulder girdle. Disturbed cerebral blood flow may cause headaches, severe weakness and dizziness.

A herniated thoracic spine is characterized by the compression of the spinal cord and its roots, which leads to pains in the chest, between the ribs and the back.

A herniated lumbar spine is characterized by chronic pain in the lower back, which increases when performing any physical activity. The pain may transfer to the hip, calf, legs and even feet and numbness and tingling in the legs may appear.



Conservative treatment of disc herniation at the Institute of Vertebrology and Rehabilitation

At the initial stages, a herniated intervertebral disc can cause functional blocks, i.e. the immobility of certain parts of the spine. Therefore, in the early stages of the disease it is good if the doctor applies the spinal correction method through the short lever method, as a result of which the immobility of the spinal segments is effectively removed.

Massage therapy helps to eliminate muscle spasms, which have a negative impact on the degenerative changes of the disc and also improves blood circulation in the disc.

Physical therapy procedures, including laser treatments, improve the nutrition of intervertebral discs that contributes to a reduction in the hernia size, which is especially important at the later stages of hernia development, when the patient experiences strong pain.

How disc herniation is treated by motion at the Institute’s Center of Spine and Joint Strengthening?

To consolidate the results for a long period of time, at our Institute’s Center of Spine Strengthening and Joint Rehabilitation we use the German and Finnish movement treatment technique using high-tech David simulators. Our medical simulators are equipped with a built-in computer control system, special retainers for non-target muscle movement that make the sessions as safe as possible for the back. All sessions are held under the supervision experienced rehabilitators and a qualified therapist.

How we perform rehabilitation after surgery for a disc herniation?

At our Institute, we also offer a rehabilitation course after surgical treatment of hernia, which usually includes a course of rehabilitative massage therapy, and magnetic-laser therapy for rehabilitation as well. The rehabilitation process is carried out under the constant supervision of a doctor, and not earlier than 1-3 months following the surgery.

And in 4 months after surgery, you can also receive rehabilitation using movement treatment at the Center of Spine Strengthening and Joint Rehabilitation.

If we see that a person in his situation can’t avoid surgery, so in these rare cases we do not offer the conservative treatment, but recommend to visit a specialized clinic for diagnosis and, if necessary, for surgical intervention.

The objectives of rehabilitation:

  • to restore the motor activity;
  • to recover the locomotor function;
  • to eliminate residual neurological complications;
  • to strengthen the muscular frame.
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