Here’s a follow up to my last blog post. If you missed that one, you can check it out here.
Great News! Not only is imaging not indicative of pain, one study showed that lumbar disc herniations will spontaneously self-resorb in about 2/3 of cases!
This means that physical therapy should be the first line of treatment for these issues! Of course there is a lot that goes into whether or not someone needs surgery but unless you are having muscle weakness or bowel/bladder issues, physical therapy is a perfectly safe and reasonable first line treatment and can be very helpful in getting people back to their prior level. I have seen hundreds of these cases over the years and people do great when they #choosePTfirst
Remember, X-rays and MRIs are only one picture at one point in time, with you laying on your back and perfectly still.
This isn’t how we function every day and isn’t a great representation of what is going on in our bodies. These “changes” are perfectly normal and nothing to worry about. We are made to move! #movementismedicine
Dr. Ladd's views on performance improvement, injury prevention and sometimes other random thoughts.