Dr Tim Vidale is a miracle worker. I have been with him for about 8 weeks and am amazed by the improvements throughout my neck, upper and lower back. He knows the human body like a map and can pinpoint targeted areas that need work/treatment. Dr Vidale has also been very helpful advising me on ergonomic positions while using the computer, as extended sitting was uncomfortable for me and wrote a letter on my behalf advising my employer to provide a standing desk. He obviously deeply cares about his patients, which is one of the many outstanding traits of his practice.
I walked into Therpaydia with awful lower back pain and after several weeks of treatment, I am able to function without pain. The environment is very welcoming. Dr. Vidale knows what he is doing and explains everything thoroughly.
Jennifer is fantastic. After only two weeks my back pain is significantly less. She zeroed in immediately on the problem. Other PTs will watch you do exercises. That’s a waste of time and money. You can do those on your own time. Here they work on the problem. It can be painful, but so worth it.
What is Herniated Disk Pain?
Your spine is made up of 33 bones stacked on top of another with a cushion, intervertebral disk, in between each one. The disks have a soft center and a tough exterior.
Herniated disk, sometimes called slipped or ruptured disk, occurs when the soft center pushed through a crack in the tough exterior. When this occurs, it may touch nearby nerves that are tied to the legs and arms. That’s why a slipped disc can cause pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg.
Signs & Symptoms
Most herniations occur in the lower back, but can also occur in the neck area.
- Pain or numbness in the buttocks, thigh and calf
- Pain or numbness in shoulder or arm
- Pain that worsens after standing, sitting, sneezing, or bending
- Unexplained muscle weakness
Most cases of herniated disk can be resolved without surgery and you should seek immediate medical attention if you feel any pain, weakness or numbness in those areas. In more serious cases, low back disc herniation may cause loss of bladder control. Herniated disks can be caused by too much twisting and turning while lifting heavy objects or improper posture while sitting, standing or walking. Most cases of herniated disks are the result of natural aging.
Why Physical Therapy
- Manual therapy techniques may be used to help relieve nerve pressure and increase mobility of stiff joints and muscles.
- Exercises to strengthen your core and trunk muscles to stabilize the spine and to increase flexibility to improve joint mobilization.
- Posture education to reduce pressure on your disk.
- Demonstration on how to lift objects with the right muscles to avoid re-injury
The goal of physical therapy is to help you enjoy your daily activities without pain. PTs can help educate you on how to augment your movements to avoid certain positions that may be painful. Best of all, every program is tailored your individual needs and goals.
About Therapydia DC
Better Physical Therapy Experience
At Therapydia DC, our physical therapists offer one-on-one, hands-on herniated disk treatment. You’ll spend your entire with one of our expert therapists – we won’t hand you off to a PT assistant or aide. We’ll help you understand what’s causing your pain, what you can do to relieve your pain and ways to prevent reoccurring injuries. Best of all, you’re covered. Therapydia works with and provides billing for most PPO insurance groups and Medicare. We also accept cash-based payments.
- Lifetime Wellness
- Quality Treatment
Tim Vidale, DPT
and Physical Therapist
Jennifer Nelson, DPT