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Managing a Herniated Disk

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Depends: Sometimes they are not the cause of a pain as they can be found in people who have no spine problems. For those that it does, most just get better wi ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
51 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Time & exercise: A herniated disc does not necessary require treatment. If there is associated nerve root compression/irritation then treatment may be required. Unders ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Renato Bosita
24 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Back / arm/leg Pain: The most frequent symptom of a herniated disc in the lower back is pain radiating from this region into one or both of the legs. Similarly, in the cer ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Techy
19 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Yes you can: You can over treat any disease. It all depends what the complains of the patient are. If the pain is very minimal and the person can control it with o ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
36 years experience in 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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
51 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Rupture: The disc is that structure that is placed between each vertebra. It acts as a cushion that help absorb shocks from the axial loading of the spine. A ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
32 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Start w conservative: Start w conservative treatment including physical therapy, epidural injection at the site of the nerve root irritation, and bracing as needed for pain ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
27 years experience in Neurosurgery
Yes: Working with a chiropractor is a common conservative treatment option. Check out spine-health.Com.
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience in Pain Management
Yes/No: Synonyms, however herniated disk is slightly worse than bulging disk.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience in Neurology
MODEST BENEFIT?: The more we learn, acupuncture seems useful for pain control, if done with expertise, but would not modify the anatomy of the pain generator. A bulg ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ayo Adu
Dr. Ayo Adu answered
13 years experience in Sports Medicine
ESI: An epidural steroid injection can be helpful in alleviating the radicular pain associated with a herniated disc.
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
No: That is not a clinically significant herniation.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Audie Rolnick
39 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Might help symptoms: Traction might be helpful for the pain associated with degenerative disc disease. It does nothing for the actual position of the disc and will not mak ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Marx
47 years experience in Pain Management
Depends: Work comp laws vary from state to state. In additon, certain industries such maritime have different requirements for coverage asa they are governed b ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Boyer
17 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
They are similar: Usually a bulging disc refers to a disc that is starting to break down. Like an old tire, part of the disc weakens and begins to protrude into the sp ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Dinhofer
40 years experience in Radiology
No: A slipped disc or herniated disc can press on the spinal cord or a nerve but will not put enough pressure on the spinal cord to interfere with the res ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience in Endocrinology
Chiropra cure disk: 40 F from US asks: Can a chiropractor permanently fix a cervical herniated disk? ANS: I have never seen a well documented report that says this can ha ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Foead Geula
16 years experience in Anesthesiology
Many: Treatment for symptomatic degenerative disc disease and disc herniations depends on the severity of your symptoms. If you don't have any neurologic d ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Neilsen
18 years experience in Family Medicine
Not really: Although genetics may make someone more prone to having a herniated disc (posture, ligamentous laxity, muscle strength, etc) the actual disc herniatio ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Radiculopathy: Usually symptoms of pain, numbness, or weakness along the distribution of the nerve being compressed; if it is in the neck it goes into the arm, in th ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexandre De Moura
30 years experience in 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 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Rhoades
47 years experience in Family Medicine
Ask your DR: Information and advice for your question is best to come from your DR who has all your medical history and the latest exam findings
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience in 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 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience in Pain Management
Symptom Vs Cause: Sciatica is the symptom of leg pain caused by a disc herniation or narrowing where the nerve exits the spine. A disc herniation is a outpouching of t ... Read More

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