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6mm herniated disc

A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ario Kiarash
26 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Therapy Usually fist: if the herniation is posterolateral, then epidural or foraminal steroid injection(s) is a possible answer. But your symptoms suggest that the herniat ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Most do on their own: Most herniated disks heal on their own, but is may take 3 to 6 months. Only 2% or so will go on to surgery. Sometimes injections will reduce symptoms ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kufdakis
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Short answer: A disc consists of 2 parts, a hard outer ring and a soft center referred to as the nucleus pulposus. A ruptured disc means the nucleus pulposus has ex ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: Many will heal on their own. If symptoms are mild or improve without surgery (nonsurgical treatment) it may shrink. Even if it does not go away comple ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience Pain Management
Depends: If you've done the physical therapy and no relief, then injections like epidural steroid injections or facet joint injections may be the next treatmen ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Greg Khounganian
17 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
See a doctor: I assume you have had an MRI to know this. A herniated disc may cause leg pain and numbness, but with medications, physical therapy, injections, the s ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Tepper
24 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: The herniated disc can compress the nerve.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
27 years experience Neurosurgery
Degenerative disk: The bulge or herniation can decrease in size over time. There are treat, emits such as physical therapy that can help with discomfort. If this probl ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexandre De Moura
30 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Yes: However, this pressure on the thecal sack is most probably insignificant. I would not be worried by that report that usually you will see the radiolog ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
51 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Disc Bulge: A disc herniation is a bulge of the disc. The position of the disc bulge/herniation and its impact on the spinal cord or nerve root that is important. ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Usually time heals: 90% of disc herniations including extrusions heal over time without surgery. One study looked at mris in people with symptomatic disc herniations & t ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Tepper
24 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Decreased space: The spinal cord passes through a "tunnel" in the bone. With arthritis, disc bulging, and overgrowth of surrounding ligaments, the spine cord can be ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
36 years experience Pain Management
Herniated disc: Lumbar discs can herniate (slip) due to several reasons, main ones being lifting while bending down, sudden jerky motion etc. Usually if a disc does n ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
36 years experience Holistic Medicine
No: Homeopathy is based on the hypothesis that a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people will cure that disease in sick people. ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
31 years experience Family Medicine
One is torn : The disc has a fibrous band around it called the anulus fibrosis. With a herniated disc the band is broken and with a buldging disc the band is inta ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
29 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
So? Forget the MRIs: Your only 27, we don't treat mris, we treat people. It doesn't matter what the studies show because we have to treat you. Certain spinal conditions ha ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
29 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Encroachment: Any condition limiting space for the nerves causes encroachment. A herniated disc would cause encroachment. A bone spur would also cause. Encroachment ... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Symptoms?: Sounds like you had an imaging study. Herniated bulged and compressed discs are of no significance unless you have symptoms that correlate with the n ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clint Wilson
14 years experience Family Medicine
Spinal issues: stenosis is simply another word for "narrowing" of the space. So it's possible that a herniation (something going into a space it's not supposed to) i ... Read More
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Prem Gupta
47 years experience neurology
complications of OA: When discs between the vertebral bodies bulge out usually backwards or sideways, it is called herniated. This causes compression on the nerve roots b ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
18 years experience General Practice
Ouch! What's your...: question? The pathology that picked up sure could cause massive pain. How old are you? Your best bet is to go on the attack, in a multi-pronged aggres ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: The traction machine advertised to "decompress" the spine pulls on it. The disk bulge may temporarily reduce in size during the treatment (pulling the ... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ipe Kalathoor
16 years experience Internal Medicine
Neck pain: Chiropractor not recommended , physical therapy recommended , dangerous to have neck manipulation with neck disease.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Can be!: More likely from disk herniation or arthritic spur.

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