3 Types of Herniated Disc Exercises

A herniated disc is possibly one of the worst musculoskeletal injuries you could experience. The pain associated with a herniated disc is oftentimes very severe and almost unbearable. Treatment protocols vary depending on the severity of the herniation, but sometimes they require surgery. No matter what treatment protocol you are on as a patient, exercises will always be crucial in the full recovery. In this article, we are going to discuss 3 types of herniated disc exercises.


The “cervical” region of your spine refers to your neck. A herniated disc in this region can be especially painful as a common symptom is a radiating headache. The pain from a herniated disc in the cervical region is even known to have pain that radiates into your arms. The road to a pain-free life is built upon daily stretches and exercises. 


The “thoracic” region of your spine refers to your upper and mid-back. A herniated disc in this region is the least common because the ribcage stabilizes this area. Although it is rare, it still happens. Pain from a herniated disc in this region can radiate to your chest and even cause pain during breathing.


The “lumbar” region of your spine refers to your lower back. This is the most common region to experience a herniated disc, specifically L5-S1. A herniated disc in the lumbar region can be particularly debilitating due to the human need to bend and sit. If you have ever had lower back pain you can only imagine how painful it would be to have a herniated disc in this area. Here are helpful links to the foam roller and back support pillow used in the video.

If you or someone you know is experiencing the discomfort of a herniated disc, we urge you to contact your musculoskeletal physician today. We hope these exercises were helpful for your pain-relieving routine. As always, feel free to contact us here at Underwood Healthcare with any questions or inquiries to schedule an appointment. 

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