Case Example – Patient A
Disc Bulge: Intervertebral discs are spongy cushions found between the vertebrae of the spine. These discs have a number of important functions including shock absorption, keeping the vertebral column stable, and offering the vertebrae ‘pivot points’ to allow movement. The symptoms of a damaged disc can vary according to its location and severity, but general signs include: localised pain, pain radiating down the legs, worsening pain associated with bending over or sitting down for a long time, worsening pain associated with activities like coughing or sneezing. Current trends in management emphasize correcting faulty postures, balancing the muscle tensions around the pelvis and reactivating the core muscles. Custom orthotics can have a very significant role in chronic conditions.