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A 52-year-old member asked:

what exercises and spinal positions should i avoid if i have a lumbar disc herniation?

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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Several: Generally, you're going to want to avoid high impact exercises as they may worsen the herniation. Avoid rapid starts and stops. Emphasize exercises that gently stretch, like yoga, and remember to respect your body; when something causes you pain, don't do it. I would also strongly advise seeing someone who specializes in this type of problem. You need to fix it and not make it worse.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: This can depend on how the disc herniated. In general, you want to avoid any one position too long except a fetal one. Twisting & bending could make you feel worse. Avoiding rowing, raquel sports and golf as well as weight lifting especially squats & dead lifts would be prudent. Generally, cardiovascular exercises & stretching should be ok but check to see which may aggravate your symptoms.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What typically happens with my lumbar disc herniation, if I don't go to see a doctor?

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Dr. Chintan Sampat
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 18 years experience
It usually heals: Most lumbar disc herniations tend to heal on their own. Anti-inflammatory medication and traction type of therapy often helps to relieve the pain. The herniated disc often takes up to 3 months to heal. Seek medical attention if there is progressive pain, inability to walk, numbness, weakness, or any changes with bowel/bladder function.
Miami, FL
A 25-year-old female asked:

Regarding lumbar herniations, a phd told me that a black low disc is actually more stable than a high plump disc. Agree disagree?

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Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
Radiology 47 years experience
Agree: If you look at it from the point of view that a plump, well hydrated disc has only one way to go then a degenerated disc may well be more stable in the sense that it may have little additional change possible. Welcome to the aging process! wait until you get into your 40's!
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can you suggest tips for degenerate disc disease in lumbar and disc herniations?

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Dr. Foead Geula
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Many: Treatment for symptomatic degenerative disc disease and disc herniations depends on the severity of your symptoms. If you don't have any neurologic deficit, such as weakness, numbness, or bowel/bladder incontinence, you can first try conservative therapy with stretching, strengthening, and anti-inflammatories. If these don't provide relief, you should consult with a pain doctor.
Everett, WA
A 34-year-old female asked:

What is a iR 100 custom procedure exactly? I'm supposed to schedule on for my lumbar disc herniation L5-S1. Curious about actual details of procedure.

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Dr. Adam Lewis
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Back pain: Ask your surgeon to explain the procedure using your MRI studies, models of the spine, and brochures. Risks, benefits, and alternative treatments should be discussed as part of the informed consent. IR stands for interventional radiology. Apparently, a radiologist is perfoming your procedure. It is reasonable to ask how many of these procedures has her/she performed and the expected recovery.
A 24-year-old male asked:

Hi i am 24 my job is fym coach and i have lumbar disc herniation i would like i be informed adout what kind of problems could this cause to me life;?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Disc herniation: I recommend consulting a neurosurgeon who will take a history of your symptoms, perform a physical examination and review your MRI. He/she can then advise you about the natural history of your type of herniated disc, what your physical limitations should be and the best treatment for you, if any, at this time.

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