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Can A Herniated Bulging Disk Heal On Its Own
Yes!: 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The disks are protective shock-absorbing pads between the bones of the spine (vertebrae). The disks of the spine are also referred to as intervertebral disks. Although they do not actually "slip, " a disk may move, split, or rupture. This can cause the disk cartilage and nearby tissue to fail (herniate), allowing the inner gel portion of the disk to escape ...Read more
Yes: Start with physical therapy and core conditioning. At some point an epidural steroid injection might be helpful. If all else fails and your symptoms impact your activities of daily living, surgery can be curative. I would suggest seeing a spine surgeon with expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery if it comes to that. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Herniated disk: Most herniated discs heal on their own. Initial rest, physical therapy and anti inflammation medication all work to speed up the healing time. Surgery is reserved for discs that don't respond to the above interventions with continued uncontrollable pain or motor deficit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will a herniated disc at C6 that's pinching a nerve causing cervival radiculopathy unpinch and heal on its own?
Can nerve damage from siatica heal on its own from herniated disk ? Right foot can stand on heel it drops what kind of doc should I see spine doc?
Be evaluated: You would need to be followed closely. But yes, weakness from a herniated disc can potentially improve as the herniation heals. But you need to be followed closely because if it worsens you might need urgent surgery to avoid a complete and permanent "foot drop." See a spinal surgeon to discuss, even if you don't think you need surgery, you need to be followed by a surgeon just in case. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely: Almost 40% of the population by statistic have a ruptured disk in their back without symptoms. It happens at some point in time but they do not keep their symptoms. Of course, sometimes the herniation is so severe that surgery is necessary to remove it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Will a rotator cuff impingment or tear heal on its own, and will it cause arthritis in the shoulder joint?
Depends: Rotator cuff impingement is often a self limiting problemthat can resolve either on its own or with treatment. The rotator cuff is present these do not feel on their own but if our small can be treated like impingement. Larger rotator cuff tearsleft untreated can lead to arthritis of the show. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes/No: Surgery will remove the disc so it will not heal normally but can result in reduction in pain and resolving any lasting nerve damage due to the disc herniation. Healing on its own will take time and may keep the integrity of the disc intact which may be the best at keeping the disc as normal as possible. Healing on its own can take up to 6-9 months or longer. ...Read more
Yes, over months: A compression fracture happens when a bone of the vertebral column partially collapses. The cubical shape of the bone deforms into a wedge shape on 1 side. The bone will heal over time with the wedge deformity but that usually causes the injured to have a small loss of height which is permanent without surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, it can, BUT it-: Is rather unlikely, as they generally don't, unless the tear is a minor one. I don't think they heal but they certainly become symptom-free. Surgery can help certain types of the tears by repairing them which are dependent on the specific site they occur in. Most are however not amenable to repair. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can all disc bulges recover shape and decompress nerves over time? How to determine if a disc is ruptured, aside from discogram?
Short answer - no: Not all disc bluges or herniations will decompress or recover shape. Some of them may remain stable and not change or become worse depending on a variety of factors. If you'd like to know the stability of your disc bugles and their effect on nerves, you should see a neurologist. He or she may recommend an MRI of your spine to document changes over time. ...Read more
Do cervical disc herniations heal and does the foramen clear itself of the herniated disc material, if so over what time frame?
Mri-large disc bulge L5 s1. Pain (hip/lower leg) some numbness to lower leg/foot & toes. Suffering 10 weeks. Will it heal on its own or need surgery?
Enough time passed: 8 to 12 weeks is an adequate time to allow non-surgical treatments, as you already received, to work. After that, it is unlikely that you will improve without surgery. Other important factors are your neurological exam, the size of the disc herniation, your pain level. At some point, the risk/benefit ratio tilts in favor of surgical treatment for immediate pain relief. See your spine specialist. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 spinal canal. A herniated disc is one that has popped and the contents of the disc rupture into the canal. Sometimes they are used interchangeably since they are similar. ...Read more
Could TMD symptoms (bone spurs, disc fragments, flattening of condyle )
Resolve on its own over time?
I have a herniated disc from l-3. I'm in pain 24-7 from my lower back and siatic nerve. Will the disc heal on its own, and will the pain exceed. ?
Not likely, c a doc: A herniated disc causing so much pain with radiculopathy (pain spreading down the leg) needs evaluation by gp or orthopedist or back specialist). If u already know u have a herniated disc, this represents an acute inflammation or strain of muscles near the disc and requires anti-inflammatory therapy, etc, or a tumor pressing on nerve, first c a doc, then doc will decide on referral or x-rays, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Bulging discs are part of aging. They are harmless for the most part. They can pop out after an injury but most of them just pop out just like that (without any significant trauma). Yes, they often "heal" themselves - and will not be visible on a followup MRI a year or so later. In general, discs degenerate and shrink over the years that's why we get shorter when we get older. ...Read more
Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more
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