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Doctor insights on: Are Elliptical Trainers Good For Herniated Discs

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Are elliptical trainers good for starting to get back in shape? 6 months after surgery

Are elliptical trainers good for starting to get back in shape? 6 months after surgery

Yes they are: They are low impact and unlikely to hurt anything. The amount of exercise with them can get up to moderate RUNNING levels of exercise and can EASILY meet fitness needs. They don't tone the abdomen and upper body much. ...Read more

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Ct scan detect bulge/herniated discs? Sciatica? Is this a good test? Mri is more expensive.

Ct scan detect bulge/herniated discs? Sciatica? Is this a good test? Mri is more expensive.

Herniated disc: A ct scan is an excellent diagnostic tool to look for bulging or herniated discs. The mr is more sensitive in picking up this type of pathology but if the ct is positive and the doctor feels it relates to your disc disease then this should be enough. ...Read more

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Can I use Elliptical cross trainer for my workout. Because jogging and running are restricted? Is this machine is safe for disk herniated persons?

Can I use Elliptical cross trainer for my workout. Because jogging and running are restricted? Is this machine is safe for disk herniated persons?

Yes: Overall the elliptical machine is cardio machine that is low impact on the joints and back if done correctly. Swimming and water aerobics are other forms of low impact exercise that should be ok with herniated discs. ...Read more

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Can I use Elliptical cross trainer for my workout. Because u said not to do jogging and running? Is this machine is safe for disk herniated persons

Can I use Elliptical cross trainer for my workout. Because u said not to do jogging and running? Is this machine is safe for disk herniated persons

Elliptical use is OK: Using an elliptical machine is not likely to place more pressure on lumbar discs than standing. Disc pressure is thought to be highest when sitting and leaning forward. Adding reason to minimize sitting for prolonged periods and using good posture. In the absence of weakness, or numbness in the lower extremities, be as active as possible and strengthen your abdominal musculature. ...Read more

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Do doctors more positively review elliptical trainers or treadmills?

Do doctors more positively review elliptical trainers or treadmills?

Both: Both are great for cardiovascular exercises. Their is not a general consensus among doctors about one being better than the other. Elliptical trainers are easier on the knee joints than a treadmill. Some elliptical machines also allow you to get an arm workout in addition to a leg workout. ...Read more

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How long can you leave herniated discs untreated?

How long can you leave herniated discs untreated?

Years decades: As long as you don't have progressive weakness develop they can be left for years. And expected to improve or self resolve. ...Read more

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Can herniated discs heal without surgery?

Can herniated discs heal without surgery?

Yes: Symptoms can subside overtime but may require activity adjustments to live with. Disc material has alot of waetr content and this can be reabsorbed the volume shrinks putting less pressure on nerve. The nerve calms down the leg pain improves. ...Read more

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How to deal with the pain of herniated discs c4-5-6-7? Thank you

How to deal with the pain of herniated discs c4-5-6-7? Thank you

Disc Herniation: Most herniated discs heal on their own--80%. For those that are too painful or fail to improve with pt, nsaid's, 6-18 weeks time, nerve blocks, other medications, then discectomy (plucking out the ruptured fragment) is very successful. In the neck, this is often accompanied by disc replacement or fusion. In the lumbar spine, discectomy is all that is necessary. ...Read more

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Back pain and herniated discs, what can one do?

Back pain and herniated discs, what can one do?

As always...Depends: Herniated discs are sometimes just an incidental finding and not always the cause of back pain. It is important to have a board-certified physician work you up to determine the cause of your back pain. The most common cause of back pain is musculoskeletal which is treated with heat/ice, rest, physical therapy and anti-inflammatories. ...Read more

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Will acupuncture help pain from herniated discs?

Will acupuncture help pain from herniated discs?

Low back pain: Yes. Acupuncture reduces inflammation through the release of endorphins and increases microcirculation to improve joint mobility and reduce muscle stiffness. Acupuncture stimulates the release of serotonin and noradrenaline too. Eastern medicine may provide another alternative for pain relief. ...Read more

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Is it possible for slightly herniated discs cause back pain?

Is it possible for slightly herniated discs cause back pain?

Kinda: It is possible for back painful discs to bulge slightly and a radiologist use the words slight herniation to describe the bulges, best to think of disc herniations as causing leg pain. ...Read more

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Is yoga safe to practice with bulging, degenerated and herniated discs?

Is yoga safe to practice with bulging, degenerated and herniated discs?

Don't do it if it hu: Everyone is different. In general if you don't have pain when you assume the yoga position it is safe. If you ave pain stop. ...Read more

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Why might doctors be hesitant to perform surgery on a 29-year-old with herniated discs?

Why might doctors be hesitant to perform surgery on a 29-year-old with herniated discs?

Usually resolves: Good surgeons will not operate on a young person or anyone for that matter unless pain and/or symptoms worsen or the pain is unbearable because the studies show that two years out the surgery and non-surgery patients do equally well. It is best to avoid surgery whenever possible. ...Read more

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Why would a post fusion MRI still show herniated discs at the levels fused? One level has a cage and one does not.

Why would a post fusion MRI still show herniated discs at the levels fused? One level has a cage and one does not.

Timing: If surgery was recent, there may yet be disk swelling and leakage, but over time the disks should desiccate and shrink. If surgery was a few yrs ago, you may be experiencing problems with degeneration above and below area of fusion, a not uncommon complication. Discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more