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Acupuncture Bulging Discs
Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more
Acupuncture is a great HEALING tool.
What I mean is: It opens up the energy channels, the blockages to healing. In this way it allows the innate healing powers of the body to cick in. And yes they are tremendous. They can do changes on all levels - biochemical, physiological, anatomical, symptomatic (pain relief), psychological (pain and physicsl suffering leads to depression, .), spiritual. ...Read more
Pain Yes: Bulging I don't think so.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 bulged disc is unlikely to be the cause of spinal pain, and spinal stenosis may also be mostly asymptomatic initially. Best approach is to acquire a clear diagnosis and treat both cause and symptoms. ...Read more
65 yr fem, herniated disc of lumbar MRI show mild disc bulge from L1-L2 to L4-L5, slight degen. Grade 1 retrolisthesis. Had 1 month therapy. Osteoporosis. I have severe back and left side pain. What next? Acupuncture? Pain mngmt? Shot in back?
Pain: First question - were any of these MRI findings believed to be the cause of the back and left side pain? Has an orthopedic surgeon been consulted? If not, recommend that. Depending on his/her findings - there may be a number of treatment options. Acupuncture won't fix the actual intervertebral disc problems but it can often reduce inflammation in the surrounding area & improve range of motion, ...Read more
Abnormal appearance: A bulging disc refers to an intervertebral disc that has extended past its original footprint, so to speak, and may be pushing up against the nerves. The bulge may involve the firm rind (annulus), or the watery disc material in the middle of the disc (nucleus pulpous). The bulge may cause a lot of pain, weakness, or numbness, or none at all. ...Read more
" bulging disk": Initial treatment for symptomatic bulging disc is conservative (eg physical therapy, non-opioid analgesics, etc.) and also addresses preventative measures. Depending on severity of the symptoms, injections for pain control may be utilized. For more severe cases, surgery may be indicated. The course of treatment is determined by symptoms and objective findings. ...Read more
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 more
Minimal process: 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 nerve or spinal cord. ...Read more
Do they hurt?: The mere fact of 3 bulging discs (or 2 or 5) means nothing. What is important is how the condition affects your well-being. I have plenty of patients with terrible looking MRI scans who have no pain and function very well. On the other hand it is not at all unusual to see a person whose scan looks quite normal, yet is in incapacitating pain. ...Read more
Hard to tell: Bulging discs are a normal part of aging. They can happen spontaneously or as a result of injury. Particularly between your late 20s and 50s you are become more susceptible to disc issues. ...Read more
Variable: Some people are completely asymptomatic from disc bulges. Some people experience profound pain (radiculitis) and motor and sensory loss (radiculopathy). Back pain is variable as well but usually affects people with acute herniated discs due to annular tears and chemical secretion. ...Read more
Hard to say: "mild" bulge would be based on how the disc looks on mri. This has nothing to do with whether or not the disc is painful. In fact, having disc bulges is normal as we age. However, a bulging disc can be painful. So, if you have back pain and a bulge they might (or might not) be related. If no pain, then no big deal. If needed, best to discuss with non-surgical spine specialist. ...Read more
In many cases the problem can resolve, but the more severe the discomfort, the more likely you will need treatment.
Subsequent mris over several years have demonstrated resolution of some disc herniations. ...Read more
I have had a bulging disk for 3 months now and the meds they are giving are not helping, what can I do?
Bulging discs: Bulging disc are a common occurrence on MRI even in people that do not have back pain. The best thing for back pain is exercise. Some times the meds will help you feel better in order to exercise but they will not replace the need to improve your posture, range of motion, and strength. Consider doing neutral spine core stability exercises of mcgill. They are available on youtube. ...Read more
Can you have a bulging disk that only presses on nerves causing pain sometime when you twist or move a certin way? Thanks
Yes: Yes depending upon the location of the herniated disc, you can turn in a fashion that brings the nerve closer to the disk and injuring it transiently. This accounts for the pain when you move in a certain way. Thereafter you have muscular contraction in your back that is present for several weeks. ...Read more
I have some bulging discs in my lower back and neck from an mba. Will my condition get better and I'm I prone to other conditions?
I have three bulging discs since aug 2010 and have done everything every doc has asked me to do and nothing helps! What's my next step?
Bulges: Bulging discs are best thought of as asymptomatic incidental findings the medical evidence they are painful is weak biased I would focus on finding the true pain generator not all avoid surgery in the setting that nothing helps usually means the pain generator is unknown so surgeryvis ill advised keep trying. ...Read more
How often should I have mris for bulging discs? I have two bulging discs in my back and I was wondering how often I should have an MRI done. Whenever the pain gets worse, I think that something may have changed and want to get another mri. Am I just bei
MRI: Is safe and does not use radiation, so in theory you could do as many as you want. This is not practical, though, as the test can be expensive and unlikely to change much with slight worsening of pain and bulging discs. If, on the other hand, you develop new symptoms, especially pain radiating into one or both of your legs, it may be time to reassess whether you have more than a bulging disc. ...Read more
Bulging disc does not necessarily mean herniation or compression/impingement of nerve and thus often no pain. It is rather common, more as we get older. Excessive force on the spine colum, often because of excessive wt, trauma etc. Causes the discs to bulge out. Aging weakens the tissues and thus increases risk of bulging and possible herniation.
Stay lean/healthy reduces risk.
Good luck. ...Read more
Bulging discs: I am not sure anyone knows the real answer as many people having bulging discs but not all become symptomatic so at this point would not worry too much. ...Read more
Yes: You can do whatever you can tolerate. I am sure that the stairmaster has an advanced level, that might bother you. Start light and see what you can tolerate. Believe it or not, the worst exercise you can do with disc problems are sit ups. ...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