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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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How could a herniated disc affect my foot?

How could a herniated disc affect my foot?

Pinched nerve: The nerves to your feet come out of your low back. If you have a herniated disc, it can put pressure on the nerve to the foot causing symptoms. ...Read more

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What should I do when medication isn't enough for a herniated disc?

What should I do when medication isn't enough for a herniated disc?

Several things : Time is biggest healer as 90% resolve with no surgery. Lifestyle changes like weight control, not smoking & regular exercise are important- core strengthening, cardiovascular & flexibility. This can be learned through physical therapy. Some people like to use inversion tables for traction or try acupuncture or even chiropractic . Epidural steroid injections an option & if warranted, surgery. ...Read more

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What should I do when medication isn't enough for a herniated disc?

PT/Injections/Surger: Epidural injections, physical therapy could be helpful, when these fail with persisting symptoms more than 6-12 weeks, or progressive neurologic deficit, or bowel/bladder dysfunction then surgery is indicated. ...Read more

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What occurs if 3rd cortisone epidural doesn't work for herniated disc?

Depends on your: Degree of symptoms and findings on exam as well as the duration of the symptoms ; any other treatment to date. 90% are treated non op with a minimum of 8-12 weeks non op care recommended including: activity modification, medication, physical therapy, smoking cessation ; weight control. If symptoms don't improve and exam ; imaging studies are consistent with diagnosis, surgery is an option. ...Read more

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Can a herniated disc be hereditary?

Can a herniated disc be hereditary?

Hard to Say: Some families have predisposition for back ailments, but hard to say if disc herniation specifically is related to genetics. ...Read more

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Can a herniated disc heal on its own?

Can a herniated disc heal on its own?

Yes: Start with physical therapy and core conditioning. At some point an epidural steroid injection might be helpful. If all else fails and your symptoms impact your activities of daily living, surgery can be curative. I would suggest seeing a spine surgeon with expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery if it comes to that. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more