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 Disc injuries (cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine) A disc is a structure that sits between the bones of the back (vertebrae) and its role is to enhance spinal movement and absorb and transmit force. The disc has a fibrous, sturdy outer layer and an inner core made up of 80% water. Discs are at the most risk of injury when there is excessive force being transmitted through them and this depends on their location in the spine. Below are the most common movements that place areas of the spine at most risk: • Lumbar spine discs: bending and twisting activities, particularly when there is an added weight (e.g. lifting). • Cervical (neck) discs: after a long night’s sleep with the neck in an awkward position. • Thoracic discs are rarely injured as the ribs also attach nearby to the discs protecting them from injury. Common symptoms of disc injuries are pain, immobility and compensatory muscle spasm. Your physiotherapists have detailed expert knowledge to assess, diagnose and manage your disc injury and treatment may involve soft tissue work, joint techniques, mobilising and strengthening exercises. Suite 2, Ground Floor, 135 Sturt Street, Southbank, 3006
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