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My herniated disc was confirmed by an MRI and I received physical therapy. Are there no benefits in doing abdominal exercises?

My herniated disc was confirmed by an MRI and I received physical therapy. Are there no benefits in doing abdominal exercises?

Sorry to hear of your issues and potentially that your PT routine is not yielding the results you need for your herniated disc. There certainly are incredible benefits in doing abdominal exercises. However, it is critical that you are doing the right ones for you based on your current situation, body type, flexibility, strength, etc. and that you are doing them properly. Hopefully it is safe for us to assume that your herniated disc is at the lower back/ lumbar level.

Depending on your age, underlying etiologies, and comorbidities, abdominal exercises may be beneficial to address your back pain. Our trunk muscles work in synergy like a pulley system: when one side of the muscle (i.e. abdominal muscles) is weaker than the other side (i.e. back muscles), the other side either compensates the movement or overworks to maintain the upright posture. In such case, physical therapy will aim to strengthen your trunk stability through abdominal exercises while alleviating pain from herniated disc with gentle stretching.

If you are not obtaining the results you need, be open with your physical therapist and see if they can come up with an improved plan for you. If that does not work, BreakThrough provides expert guidance for people in your situation worldwide on a daily basis through our Telehealth and Unlicensed Health Consultation and Coaching Services.

Feel free to give us a call or complete our “Schedule A Visit” form online so we can help you save money, time, frustration and get back to the lifestyle you desire as quickly as possible.

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