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Is it better to use heat or ice on a buging disc

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chaim Colen
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
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
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Test it: Heat improves circulation (washes out the Lactic Acid from the muscles); while ice chills the tissues and reduces inflammation. Different mechanisms,... Read More
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 18 years experience
Either: However, it will be temporary as it takes a lot to get down into the spine which might not work. Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lourdes margarita Landron-garcia
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Yes: At my practice , when i apply ice show better results, reduce , pain and relax the affected area , .
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 41 years experience
As you are never are: Going to be able to perform that feat you can use ice or heat on your back or neck or alternate them based on what feels most comfortable to you. The... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Ice acutely: Ice for acute problems, for chronic longer lasting problems ice or heat depending on how you respond.
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Romano
Internal Medicine 10 years experience
Low back pain : I have evaluated over 20,000 people with spinal conditions. I can't tell you how important a good examination is needed. There are several reasons for... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
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
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 30 years experience
Hives?: If you are not sure you were bitten, could be hives. Try over the counter benadryl, (diphenhydramine) Allegra or zyrtec. If indeed bug bite try otc Hy... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Both : Both can help but it may differ from pt to pt sometimes it helps to go back and forth between heat and cold / if you feel one is much more helpful fo... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care 39 years experience
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
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Indravadan Gatiwala
Neurology 43 years experience
Disectomy and fusion: You should have discetomy done as soon as possible.
A member asked:
Dr. Slade Suchecki
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Consider: An evaluation by an osteopathic physician, a physician trained in the musculoskeletal system, to review options.
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