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Will shots work for a c3-c4 herniated disc?

Will shots work for a c3-c4 herniated disc?

No. Tread lightly.: No. Disc will not heal with injections. What ore your symptoms? Any weakness/numbness - see neurosurgeon. Pain only - nerve root block may indeed help. "shots" in the sense of epidural steroid injections are a (lucrative) "band-aid". Given the proximity to the spinal cord, injections into the cervical epidural space can cause paralysis. If pain is at all tolerable - tread lightly around "shots". ...Read more

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Herniated Disk (Definition)

Herniated disk is also known as Bulging disk. Herniated disk is a medical condition in which the gel like disk between the bones of the spine squeezes out of its center position. Because nerves run in the spine right next to the disk, a herniated disk can compress a nerve and cause symptoms such as low back ...Read more


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I have a herniated disc in my neck c4-5. The ortho dr is urging me to have an epidural or at the least trigger point shots. The chiro is saying no. Is physical therapy good for this or adjustments?

I have a herniated disc in my neck c4-5. The ortho dr is urging me to have an epidural or at the least trigger point shots. The chiro is saying no. Is physical therapy good for this or adjustments?

Diagnosis first: The injections are to confirm clinically what the pain generator is he is trying to figure out what pain is coming from where , the disc causes refered pain but usually not tenderness confirming the working diagnosis for pain is alwys a good idea. ...Read more

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I have 2 herniated discs in my neck (c3-c4 poster and c5-c6 left side w impingement) I've tried pt (helps) is there a permanent way to fix? The pain is unbearable sometime

I have 2 herniated discs in my neck (c3-c4 poster and c5-c6 left side w impingement) I've tried pt  (helps)  is there a permanent way to fix?  The pain is unbearable sometime

See below: If you have done pt, are you doing the exercises that have been prescribed for you to do at home? I find that sometimes people forget to do these or think that these are not necessary. People do best when they follow the home exercise program. At 30 years of age, disc herniations can heal on there own but can take a while, sometimes over a year. Surgery can "fix" but will involve a fusion. ...Read more

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I got herniated discs in the c3-4 c4-5 c5-6 t6-7 t7-8 t11-12 l2-3 l3-4 l5- s1 indent cord ventral margin with clumping of nerve roots. ? Does it mean

I got herniated discs in the c3-4 c4-5 c5-6 t6-7 t7-8 t11-12 l2-3 l3-4 l5- s1 indent cord ventral margin with clumping of nerve roots. ? Does it mean

It's complicated: As we age, we are prone to get basically arthritis of the spine, often referred to as spinal stenosis as well as changes in the discs between the spine bony vertebrae. Some have these changes earlier. If you have any arm or leg weakness, loss of control of bowels/bladder, then you will need to see a neurologist to further examine you and evaluate your symptoms in the context of the MRI findings. ...Read more

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Can u tell me what symptoms occur from retrolethesis (?Sp) of C3 c4? I also have bulged, or herniated dics at every other level in my neck...

Can u tell me what symptoms occur from retrolethesis (?Sp) of C3 c4? I also have bulged, or herniated dics at every other level in my neck...

Retrolisthesis: From wikipedia: "structural instability may be experienced as a local uneasiness or a structural compensatory distortion involving the whole spine. If the joints are stuck in a retrolisthesis configuration there may also be changes to range of motion. Pain may be experienced as a result of irritation to the sensory nerve roots by bone depending on the degree of displacemement.". ...Read more

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Can I have a herniated disc and not have any symptoms?

Can I have a herniated disc and not have any symptoms?

Yes: Not only can you, but the vast majority of herniated discs are not painful. We know this by looking at many mris of patients without back pain where many herniated discs are seen. Getting a herniated disc is like getting a cold or a headache. It is part of life. Some herniated discs can cause pain, however. The art of the evaluator is to discern whether your disc is what is causing your pain. ...Read more

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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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