A 38-year-old member asked:
can a slipped disc (herniated disk) make the back look deformed?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Greg Khounganian answered
17 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Not really: A disc herniation itself won't cause the back to look deformed. However, if you have a back muscle spasm , due to pain, it can cause you to have a posture that makes your back appear deformed.
Answered on May 1, 2017
Dr. Thomas Dowling answered
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Yes: A painful posturing may make you look like you have a deformity with a symptomatic disc herniation such as creating a spasmodic scoliosis or a shifting of your hips called a sciatic shift.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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