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Back Exercises For Bulging Disks
Slight disc bulge at l4/l5. Treatment needed? Will traction make disc go back in? Or just back exercises will do?
Integrative care: A herniated disc can cause back pain as well as foot pain by physically pressing on the nerves that travel to the foot and by irritating them through the extrusion of pro-inflammatory disc materials. Physical therapy and other conservative measures, including medication management, are considered first line treatment. If these fail, your physician may recommend epidural steroid injections. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are the best exercises to lose 30 lbs in 8 weeks with 2 herniated disks and 5 bulging disks through out your spine.
You have a complex: Case and need to be under medical management during your weight loss to document your symptoms as you lose weight since you've had significant trauma to your spine, and possibly be in pain. Usually it's safer to lose 5 pounds/month up to 10 pounds, but 4 pounds a week may be difficult as your overexercising could put strain on your body. So discuss this with your doctor first to see the safest way. ...Read more
I have cysts, buldging disk., degeneration &pinch nerve in back neck &hip. Would it hurt me if I used a exercise bike.
Hard to say: Without knowing more about yourself. The best thing for your back, is to first make sure your weight is optimized. If you are overweight that places undue stress on your back. Then, exercise wise, consider exercises that strengthen your core, as a healthy back requires balanced muscular responses from your back and abdominal muscles. ...Read more
Its possible: I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...Read more
Bulging disks: Bulging discs in the lumbar spine can be a potential source of low back pain. The tough, outer covering of the disc space (annulus fibrosus) contains nociceptive pain fibers -- when the annulus is irritated or torn, low back pain can result. The first line of treatment is oral nsaids (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc). I would also recommend a dedicated pt program focused on core strengthening. ...Read more
Mindful Yoga?: I don't know the specific back problem you have, or what type of back exercises you're considering. The vipassana retreat I just attended included some gentle, mindful yoga -- and people were of course free to amend postures according to any physical limitations they had (like back pain, etc). Please ask your doctor about any specific limitations s/he feels you need to observe with exercise. ...Read more
Working out to get 6 packs, I noticed that when I bend back or during some exercises, there is a slight bulge in between the recti. Is it diastasis?
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
Epidural injection: This is called an epidural injection. There are different types but the all share the same principles. Image guidance is used to place a fine needle into the epidural space. Numbing medications and steroids are then injected to provide pain relief by decreasing the inflammation of the nerves. The procedure is safe but it is not risk free. Ask your spine specialist for details. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There are risks: There are significant risks associated with back surgery such as nerve damage, infection, bleeding, need for more surgery. The anesthesia also has risks. Fortunately, the risks for bad things happening are very low. You need to have honest discussion with your surgeon about the risks so that you're ok doing an elective procedure, or not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What could case pain in spine under bra? It's different pain than the bulging disks I have and much more severe, not muscular at all. I'm miserable
I have two bulging disks, annual tear, siatica all in my lower back. I'm a nurse have to lift patients everyday. Is that going to aggravate the tear?
Can certainly do so,: Any lifting at work or home, can be deleterious for your back. Suggest see P Therapist to learn the Do's and Don't at the Back School, where one gets taught about the causes of pain and the aggravating factors in general, and specifically those pertaining to you. See your PCP and get evaluated. Good Luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
4 mnts ago, was doing back exercises and kinda tweaked it, hurtful when bending then after a month it was gone and transferred to my left leg. Problem?
Back nerve problem: It sounds like you have injured athe sciatic nerve in your lower back-- see your doctor for better diagnosis. ...Read more
Back strengthening: As one who has a bulging disc (and no surgery), back strengthening exercises are very important to help stabilize the back. I recommend the "superman" exercise: lying on your stomach, stretch your arms out like you're flying through the air like superman. For 5 seconds, raise your right arm and shoulder, and left leg and hip off the floor, then repeat on the other side. Do this 12x on each side. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have a bulging disk in my lower back and the pain keeps getting worse what can I do to ease the pain?
Bulging disc: Is a very common problem, affecting about 10-12% percent of the adult population in the US leading to nerve problem. Nerve impingement can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc or encroached upon by bony overgrowth. Rec.: see an interventional pain management specialist. It is a conservative non-surgical treatment. ...Read more
Would plank exercises be safe on degenerated bulging lumbar discs or would it cause further stress and damage?
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