Manage the Discomfort of Herniated Discs with Chiropractic and physiotherapy

Have You Been Living with Herniated Disc Pain?

If you’ve been living with persistent pains, there’s a chance it could be due to a herniated disc. Strange neck pains, back pains, or extremity symptoms can indicate a variety of potential problems – including one or more herniated discs.

It can sometimes be difficult to determine if your pain is due to a herniated disc, and even if it is diagnosed, it can still be difficult to find the correct treatment strategies for your needs. Fortunately, physiotherapy and chiropractic therapy can be the solution to many of these frustrations.

Book an appointment at MSK Health and Performance to get started today!

How can physiotherapy and chiropractic therapy help with herniated disc treatment?

A herniated disc can cause a lot of stress and discomfort—but there’s no need to panic. Most herniated discs can be treated successfully without surgery. In fact, chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments can be instrumental in helping you reduce or even eliminate your herniated disc symptoms. Your chiropractor or physiotherapist can recommend special exercises and stretches to build strength in your back or neck, while also relieving tension and nagging pain.

These exercises and stretches will work to counteract any atrophy or weakness you have experienced due to your herniated disc. They can also strengthen your neck and back by lending extra support to these structures and making them less vulnerable to future protrusions. Your chiropractor or physiotherapist may also recommend other non-invasive techniques to complement your physiotherapy and chiropractic therapy exercises and to help you heal.

How can I tell if I have a herniated disc?


Herniated discs don’t always cause symptoms, some cause only neck or back pain and sometimes they cause symptoms in the arm or leg as a result of the herniated disc pushing on a spinal nerve.  Often the pain of a herniated disc comes on gradually with no known cause while sometimes the symptoms start shortly after an accident, extreme twisting of the neck or back, or an attempt to lift a heavy object. 

The most common symptoms include:

  • Significant and persistent back or neck pain.
  • Pain that radiates into the arm, hand, thigh, calf, or foot.
  • Limb pain which worsens when you try to bend either forward or backward.
  • Tingling, or loss of sensation in the arm, hand, thigh, calf, or foot.
  • Back, neck, or limb referral pain that worsens when you sneeze, cough, or strain.

A thorough physical exam and history with our chiropractors or physiotherapists will be essential in determining the likelihood that you have a herniated disc and whether it may be pushing on a nerve.  Ultimately, the most accurate way to confirm a herniated disc is through medical imaging. MRI can reveal not only the abnormal shape of a herniated disc but also whether the herniation is pinching a nerve.  Our practitioners can facilitate a referral to your doctor if imaging is required. 

Get started on the first steps of your treatment plan today!

Are you looking to learn more about herniated discs and get the answers you’ve been seeking for your neck or back needs? Physiotherapy, massage therapy and chiropractic therapy at MSK Health and Performance can help.

Please contact us today to schedule a consultation in Vancouver Kitsilano, Downtown Vancouver or Burnaby Metrotown and get started on the first steps toward relief!

Your Next Steps…

  1. Book An Appointment

  2. Receive A Custom Treatment Plan

  3. Work Hard and Progress In Your Recovery

  4. Recover & Enjoy Life!