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

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 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 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rothman
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Ice acutely: Ice for acute problems, for chronic longer lasting problems ice or heat depending on how you respond.
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Disks: Since I don't consider a flare up of nerve impingement caused by a herniated intervertebral disc an acute injury, I think immediately going to heat ap ... 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 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
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
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
46 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
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
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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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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Indravadan Gatiwala
41 years experience Neurology
Disectomy and fusion: You should have discetomy done as soon as possible.
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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.

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