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Does physiotherapy really work?

TakeMyPainAwayTTakeMyPainAway Posts: 1
edited 02/09/2015 - 1:47 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I've had chronic neck pain and restricted neck movement for past 3 years but never really followed through on the first visit to the doctor..He suggested it was probably posture related but recently I had an MRI scan done and the report showed loss of cervical lordosis and disc bulge at c5-c6 vertebrae...After looking at the report the doctor put me on some meds to relieve pain and advised me to do some exercises(some requiring others to help me) 3 times a day....The exercise takes approximately 30 mins so it's difficult to fit that into my schedule...I'm also skeptical about how this helps with alleviating symptoms caused by pinched nerve caused by the bulged c5-c6....Any Advice from someone with similar problems and how they dealt with it will be highly helpful....


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  • You sound like a smart person and likely already know the answer to your question, it is no. Physical therapy is not going to make the disc bulge go down no more than it would make a bruise go away.

    But that doesn't mean that exercise, posture, and life-style changes are without merit. In fact it sounds like they are more important than ever in your life. The goal would be to get through the discomfort of the disc bulge while keeping your neural pathways intact and also to prevent recurring bulges or worse a disc herniation in the future.

    I don't know how old you are but you may need to additionally give up high impact activities if you do them. If you are into computers or have a desk job then I also suggest you set a timer and get up every hour and walk around. Three years is a long time so something is not right but as long as it's not herniated you still have time to strengthen the muscles, make changes in your life and let it heal.

  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,807
    A disc bulge may or may not cause pain, the loss of lordosis can certainly cause pain especially if its secondary to spasms in neck. Many people have went to physio with herniations and left relatively pain free, but then its life long that you have to be aware that you have a weakened disc so building up around it is key. There are tons of athletes with bulging discs that have no pain or recover. Its alot about the size and what its touching if anything. Does the MRI show the buldge is touching a nerve?
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
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