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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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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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Managing Back Pain (Checklist)

Stretch your muscles
10 Min, Daily, forever
Breathe into the area of pain
Once
Visualize the area in spasm relaxing
Once
Take supplements that support your joints
Daily
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Might have to have back surgery for bulge disk. Dangerous surgery?

Might have to have back surgery for bulge disk. Dangerous surgery?

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 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

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Managing Back Pain (Checklist)

Lose weight
Once
Reduce stress by moving gracefully with tai chi, yoga, or dance
Daily
Increase flexibility with gentle exercises and/or physical therapy
Daily
Gradually increase muscle tone and strength to support your back
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I have two bulging disks, annual tear, siatica all in my lower back. Im a nurse have to lift patients everyday. Is that going to aggravate the tear?

I have two bulging disks, annual tear, siatica all in my lower back. Im 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 more

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What are the best exercises to lose 30 lbs in 8 weeks with 2 herniated disks and 5 bulging disks through out your spine.

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

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Managing Back Pain (Checklist)

Get evaluated by a spine specialist
Once
Walk regularly
30 Min, 3x week, forever
Avoid smoking
Once
Perform gentle back exercises (examples at www.TheRehabZone.com)
20 Min, 3x week, forever
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Can bulging spinal disks cause u to have problems with the raising of your arm. 3 disks on left side of back. Problem raising left arm for 4 months.

Can bulging spinal disks cause u to have problems with the raising of your arm. 3 disks on left side of back. Problem raising left arm for 4 months.

No: Cervical disc herniations can but not disc bulges these are often asymptomatic incidental findings more likely than not. Cant be used to explain nerve dysfunction so great so as to cause weakness exploration of another theory for arm weakness is in your best interest ...Read more

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