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Back Braces For Herniated Discs
The wire has come out of my back braces bracket and i don't have time to go to the orthodontist, what should I do?
Cut the wire: with wire cutter or nail clipper close to the back of the brace. As you are cutting the wire, place your finger on the wire you are cutting off so that it doesn’t fly off towards the back of the mouth. If the wire is not poking you and you are not in any pain, just call your orthodontist to schedule an appointment for repair at your convenience. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Several studies have shown that back braces do not reduce work place injuries. However, there is evidence to show that back braces can help maintian a proper lifting posture, and therefore some workers choose to use a back brace. Wearing a back brace has not been shown to be harmful, and therefore if it provides a "feel good" effect then by all means wear it. ...Read more
Not long term: There are a variety of braces that can be worn to "improve" posture problems; from fairly flexible to quite rigid. The problem is that they result in atrophy and stiffness which can ultimately worsen the problem. Strengthening of the core and postural exercises is much better. One should also get an exam and X-ray to make sure there is not an underlying spinal deformity. ...Read more
I had found out that I have 5 herniated discs a lil over a year ago and before I could get the shots in my back my insurance cut off....I still have them will it go away?
Varies: If you truly have one or multiple disc Herniations, they can and usually do heal at some point. What I have seen in my practice though, is sometimes patients are told they have multiple disc Herniations when in fact they have multiple level degenerative disc disease. This condition can get less symptomatic over time, but does not really heal. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why are some people symptomatic with herniated discs and some are just fine? (especially of the lower back)
Location dependent: Herniated discs can be small or large, and impinge on different areas. Symptoms are likely dependent on the amount that the disc herniation compresses the nerve. The most important factor regarding disc herniations is that research has shown 90% of patients are symptomatically better in one year. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3 years ago i had 2 herniated discs that partially pressed on nerves, today i fell down our stairs onto my back. I'm in a lot of pain, did i re-injure?
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