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Doctor insights on: Back Exercises For Bulging Disks

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Slight disc bulge at l4/l5. Treatment needed? Will traction make disc go back in? Or just back exercises will do?

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 more

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What are good lower back exercises?

What are good lower back exercises?

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

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Can my back exercises have caused a pinched nerve?

Can my back exercises have caused a pinched nerve?

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

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What are good neck exercises and back exercises?

What are good neck exercises and back exercises?

See below: The best exercises for low back are gentle core strengthening exercises. A great program for this can be found at www.therehabzone.com ...Read more

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Is there anything i can take for back pain from bulging disks right below?

Is there anything i can take for back pain from bulging disks right below?

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

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Is it okay for me to do back exercises during a vipassana meditation course?

Is it okay for me to do back exercises during a vipassana meditation course?

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

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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?

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?

Yes: A herniation between your abdominus rectus muscles can cause a bulge like this. Continued exercise in the face of a herniation can cause it to grow in size. I would recommend you see a good local general surgeon. ...Read more

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I have 3 bulging disk in my back--what is done for this?

I have 3 bulging disk in my back--what is done for this?

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