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Does anyone know anything about bulging discs and treatment?

Does anyone know anything about bulging discs and treatment?

Common: Bulging disks in the spine are common in the neck and low back. Most of the time they get better with just time, physical therapy and stretching. For pain control we recommend antiinflamatories, muscle relaxers and pain medication. Steroid injections can also be done. If all of this fails surgery is an option. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Bulging Disk (Definition)

Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more


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My doctor refuses to give me an mri. He says I have a bulging disc and treatment will not change no matter what the MRI shows. Is this normal?

My doctor refuses to give me an mri. He says I have a bulging disc and treatment will not change no matter what the MRI shows. Is this normal?

Diagnostic impass: Jhw do you know you have a bulging disk woth out a MRI ct scan? He may feel that the MRI won't add anything substantial to the image you have already had that shows the bulge, I consider bulges as asymptomatic incidental findings that require no treatment and search for snotjer cause of pain. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment for bulging disk?

What is a good treatment for bulging disk?

Bulging disc: advil/motrin gentle stretching yoga core strengthening non-impact gentle cardio heating pad physical therapy None of these things will eliminate the bulging disc but they can help eliminate the discomfort associated with it ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a bulging disk in your neck?

See below: The first step is to see a doctor who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of these conditions. Believe it or not, many people have bulging discs and do not have any symptoms. A specialist in this area could help determine if this bulging disc is in fact the cause of symptoms and if so can usually prescribe a therapy program which should help. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a bulging disk in one's back that is causing sciatia?

What is the best treatment for a bulging disk in one's back that is causing sciatia?

Depends: Depends on ones pain tolerance and whether serious neurological signs or symptoms are present. Anything from otc meds to narcotics to oral steroids to physical therapy to epidural steroid injection to discectomy or other more or less invasive surgery. ...Read more

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I have an l4s2 bulging disk. Is the best treatment cortisone shots and pt. Or. Microdiscectomy?

I have an l4s2 bulging disk. Is the best treatment cortisone shots and pt. Or. Microdiscectomy?

Leg pain herniation: Microvdiscectomy indicated for leg pain and disc herniation not backache and bulges bulge are. Tsrgergyv works consistantly for decompression ofc symptomatic nerve pain microdisectomy has not been shown to consistantly improve axial backache back ache and disc nulges are both common and do often coexist without a cause effect relationship. ...Read more

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Treatment recommendations for spinal stenosis combined with 4 bulging disk in lower lumbar?

Treatment recommendations for spinal stenosis combined with 4 bulging disk in lower lumbar?

Verify actually caus: Verify that is actually causing the symptoms. Are there specific objective neurologic findings? ...Read more

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Can physical therapy make bulging disc worse?

Rarely: Typically a person with a bulging disc isn't going to cause "more damage" or make their problem worse by being active or participating in pt. That being said, certain activities and exercises should be avoided or else pain can increase. A spine specialist can tell you what activities to avoid and what exercises are beneficial, and this depends in part on the specific disc problem you have. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have strength exercises and physio therapy at the same time if you have a bulging disc? What kind of exercise it would be?

Is it ok to have strength exercises and physio therapy at the same time if you have a bulging disc? What kind of exercise it would be?

Back Pain: Pt with workouts is fine as you are likely working different muscles, and doing different kinds of conditioning. Mckenzie exercises are what I most often prescribe. You can by the books online: treat your own back, robin mckenzie (around $8.32). Core exercises also great: pilates, yoga, piyo, etc, and do not require a prescription. ...Read more

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Bulging disc in lower back. Right side hip pain and sciatic shooting pains down legs. Medications or non surgical treatments for relief?

USUALLY: Over 90% of bulging discs with sciatica will get better without surgery. Non-surgical treatments (PT, Chiro, etc) along with either medications (NSAIDs or short burst of oral steroids) and possibly Epidural steroid injection should take care of most. ...Read more

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Are there any at home treatments for a bulging disk?

Depends: If there are no significant complications one can treat bulging disks conservatively with lifestyle measures to decrease inflammation and improve blood flow to the spine: these include smoking cessation, aerobic walking daily in fresh air and sunshine (vitamin d), plenty of water, and extension-based exercises. For a proper regimen see your doctor, who may refer you to a therapist as appropriate. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for bulging discs?

What is the best treatment for bulging discs?

Depends on pain: Depending on pain levels and individual results will vary. If no pain there is no specific treatment that will reverse a bulging disc. It is best to not use tobacco, to stay fit and keep your abdominal and back muscles strong. Medications like antiinflammatories and muscle relaxers are often helpful when causing pain. If there is severe enough pain, an epidural injection may help. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a bulging disc in your back?

What is the treatment for a bulging disc in your back?

Specialists: About 40% of the population have a herniated disk and no symptoms. Treatment is based on patient's symptoms and clinical findings. See your family md for proper evaluation first. They can help determine which way for you to go next- therapy, injections, etc. They will also guide you to neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine specialists who can determine proper treatment. ...Read more

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Thoracic spondylosiswhat is treatment of ts with multiple disc bulging.

Thoracic spondylosiswhat is treatment of ts with multiple disc bulging.

The treatment: Recommendations will be individually tailored to you. There isn't a one size fits all approach. What does your neurologist, orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon recommend? ...Read more

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Is traction useful for treatment for bulging cervical disc?

Is traction useful for treatment for bulging cervical disc?

It can: It is a safe treatment option and does work for many patients. Check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment/relief for siatic pain? Have had this problem for over 5 months. Mri showed 5 disc bulge. Have tried several treatments

What is the best treatment/relief for siatic pain? Have had this problem for over 5 months. Mri showed 5 disc bulge. Have tried several treatments

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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I have two bulging discs in my neck. What would b the best treatment for this? This was shown on a MRI of my neck.

I have two bulging discs in my neck. What would b the best treatment for this? This was shown on a MRI of my neck.

Small bulges: Are common incidental findings, and may require no treatment. Best to be evaluated by a neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine surgeon to determine whether or not the bulges could be causing your symptoms, and go from there. ...Read more