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Is it better to ice or put heat on a herniated disc

A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lourdes Margarita Landron-Garcia
8 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: At my practice , when i apply ice show better results, reduce , pain and relax the affected area , .
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chaim Colen
18 years experience Neurosurgery
Herniated Disc: It really depends on the acuteness of the disc herniation. Early in the course of the disease ice might be considered good, however, for chronic disc ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Further treatment: There are more aggressive treatment options for the spine that are more powerful than using over the counter medications, but they get progressively m ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latisha Smith
37 years experience Wound care
Yes: The pain from a herniated disc is due both to pinched nerves and to reactive muscle spasms. The heat will help relieve the muscle spasm related pain. ... Read More
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Dr. Slade Suchecki
17 years experience Family Medicine
Consider: An evaluation by an osteopathic physician, a physician trained in the musculoskeletal system, to review options.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louise Andrew
45 years experience Emergency Medicine
Not related to Pred: but could possibly be to the herniate disc. The doc who ordered these tests should interpret them for you. Good luck!
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latisha Smith
37 years experience Wound care
No: Pain from a herniated disc is due to nerve root irritation. Ice is considered a pain reliever. Some nerve irritation can cause an abnormal hypersensit ... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
18 years experience Neurology
Nerve root pain: Perhaps all you need is a slightly higher dose of neurontin (gabapentin). Other treatments that may be helpful are physical therapy, traction treatme ... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
29 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
It shouldn't...: But it could theoretically. An x-ray could help to tell. See your doctor, there are lots of simpler reasons for pain.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
It takes more than tit takes more than tha: it takes more than that. Each person is different and there can be different mechanisms of your problems. Part of this depends on who you are, which a ... Read More

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