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Ruptured Disc Physiotherapy

Ruptured spinal discs are the same as herniated/slipped discs, and they're predominantly caused by gradual, age-related wear and tear of the disc (often called disc degeneration).

What happens is that as we grow older, the discs in our spine will start to lose their fluid content, and this causes them to be

  • less fluid
  • less flexible

- and as a result, more at risk to rupture...even with simple activities and tasks.

In fact, a high number of patients we treat in our physio clinic is due to neck pains and back pains, and a high number is due to spinal disc ruptures. Patients report that their back pain happened when they used their back muscles to push, carry or lift loads (instead of using the proper and safe lifting technique of using their leg muscles).

The most common reason is combination loads to the back ie bending the back AND twisting. Carrying a load whilst doing so increases the risk and severity of spinal disc injuries.

Other ways that causes spinal disc ruptures are:

  • falls
  • direct blow/trauma/hits to your spine

As we age and our spinal disc becomes less fluid and less flexible, the risk of ruptured spinal disc increases. When the spinal disc ruptures, what happens is that a portion/part of the disc flows out of its normal area, and presses onto nearby structures (usually the spinal nerves first), causing sciatica, and symptoms include:

  • numbness
  • pain
  • weakness

Ruptured Disc Symptoms

Not every patient who has a ruptured or slipped disc has painful symptoms - in fact, sometimes it can have no symptoms at all (this is corroborated with the fact that some patients who have no weakness or numbness...but their MRI can show a massive ruptured disc).

Of course, that' just a minority.

Most patients who have ruptured or slipped disc experience pain, and the most common symptoms are:

  • pain
  • discomfort
  • numbness/pins and needles/tingling
  • weakness

- mainly in their backs, buttocks, legs if the ruptured disc is low back; if it's in the neck, the discomfort may be present in shoulders, arms, hands and even fingers. Some patients may experience sciatica, which refers to a pain can travel downwards the arms or the legs, depending on the location of spinal disc rupture.

Ruptured Disc physiotherapy

Generally patients with ruptured, slipped or herniated disc will improve with non-surgical interventions with spinal physiotherapy.

ie surgery isn't always a required for a ruptured or herniated spinal disc. Yes, for very severe cases, immediate surgery can be required with good results, but for most cases (up to 90%) will benefit from back and neck physiotherapy.

Physiotherapy for slipped disc depends on a few factors:

  • age
  • how active patient is/has been
  • severity of symptoms including pain

Our senior spinal physiotherapist will then provide you with unrushed, one-to-one spinal stabilization physiotherapy manual therapy and exercises, which sometimes do not directly target the disc but works indirectly to stabilize, strengthen and help your spine muscles to work together to protect the affected spinal disc.

Other physiotherapy treatment for herniated or ruptured disc includes:

Our senior spinal physios will also teach and advise you how to exercise safely for your spine and how to prevent future recurrence of back pains and ruptured discs.

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Phoenix Rehab Singapore Core Services And Specializations

Phoenix Rehab Group works with specialist physiotherapists and specialist rehab therapists who are highly trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of expert care to our patients.


Patients who sustained injuries to their elbows, forearms, hands, wrists (sprains and fractures) and fingers, and requires Hand Therapy to increase the function of their hand following injuries or post-operations as well as custom made hand splints.

Commonly treated hand pain injuries includes wrist and finger fractures, de Quervain's tenosynovitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow and more.


Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility, and breathing. It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries and conditions.

You may do Pilates as matwork or with the reformer or both, and every session will be customized 100% to your fitness, injury and tolerance.



Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood flow to tired , tight and tense muscles to accelerate recovery and shorten downtime. It also prevents muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle performance.

Done regularly, it will keeps your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence.


All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB). See our entire team here by location and specialization.

At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session. Follow up sessions are inline to provide expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term solution.

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