Herniated Discs in Hockey

Behnad Honarbakhsh, MPT, BHK, CSCS, CAFCI, D.O.(c), discusses Herniated Discs in Hockey

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Behnad Honarbakhsh, MPT, BHK, CSCS, CAFCI, D.O.(c), discusses Herniated Discs in Hockey
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Featuring Behnad Honarbakhsh, MPT, BHK, CSCS, CAFCI, D.O.(c)
Herniated Discs in Hockey
Duration: 1 minute, 34 seconds

Disc injuries are very common, especially in contact sports such as hockey.

And it's really important for people to realize that disc injuries, when they're non-traumatic, they don't happen overnight, so things cook and it's usually due to severe imbalances in the body where your back's taking over because areas like your hip and abdominals aren't doing what they're supposed to be doing.

And the disc sits between the bones in your vertebrae and it sort of provides a bit of a cushioning for the spine. Now you've got your nerves coming out between each segment of your spine, and when the liquid inside that disc comes out is when you get that herniation.

And when it compresses, or presses on the nerve that's when you get severe, sharp shooting pain that can refer down the leg, and sometimes people have tingling and numbness associated with it.

You have to make sure that you get to a qualified physiotherapist for proper assessment right away because these injuries can be severe enough where we have to get you to the hospital. If the herniation is pressing on the spinal cord, you're going to have much severe changes and results and sensations in your body.

You have to remember that it's very important to get to a physiotherapist as quickly as you can so that they can determine the severity of the injury and sure that the predisposing factors are taken care of to have you on the right track to optimal recovery.

Presenter: Mr. Behnad Honarbakhsh, Physiotherapist, Vancouver, BC

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