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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

Dr. Adam Lewis
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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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Managing a Herniated Disk (Checklist)

Stretch and exercise
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Use NSAIDs and/or pain medications
Daily
Get Xray/MRI to evaluate if not better in 4-6 weeks
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See spine specialist for treatment options
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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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Managing a Herniated Disk (Checklist)

Try an inversion table or traction to relieve the pain
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Do stretching exercises to help eliminate the pain
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Ice the back at night and consider a back brace to reduce the pain
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Managing a Herniated Disk (Checklist)

Avoid sitting for longer than 30 min
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Don't bend forward while sitting
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Get up and walk
Daily
Sit straight and use lumbar support while sitting
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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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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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