Post-Rehabilitation Considerations for Clients With a Cervical Disc Herniation

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Abstract

SEVENTY PERCENT OF THE POPULATION WILL EXPERIENCE NECK PAIN (NP) AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIFETIME. ALTHOUGH THE ETIOLOGY OF NP IS MULTIFACTORIAL, DISCOGENIC PATHOLOGY HAS BEEN IMPLICATED AS A COMMON SOURCE OF SYMPTOMS. MANY OF THESE INDIVIDUALS SEEK CONSERVATIVE CARE THAT REQUIRES LONG-TERM MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES EXTENDING BEYOND FORMAL REHABILITATION. THUS, STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING SPECIALISTS MAY FIND THEMSELVES IN AN OPPORTUNE POSITION TO GUIDE CLIENTS IN THEIR PURSUIT OF PREMORBID ACTIVITY LEVELS. THIS ARTICLE PRESENTS AN OVERVIEW OF DISCOGENIC PATHOLOGY AND THE CONTINUUM OF CARE. EMPHASIS IS PLACED ON POST-REHABILITATION MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES INCLUDING EXERCISE PROGRAMMING, PRECAUTIONS, AND INTERDISCIPLINARY COMMUNICATION. FOR A VIDEO ABSTRACT OF THIS ARTICLE, SEE SUPPLEMENTAL DIGITAL CONTENT 1 (SEE VIDEO, http://links.lww.com/SCJ/A196).

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