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What can be done about back and feet ache caused by herniated disk, when physiotherapy didn't work?

What can be done about back and feet ache caused by herniated disk, when physiotherapy didn't work?

Correct PT?: When people let me know that pt is not working my first question is who, where, and what was done during therapy. More often that not the treatment did not include an important intervention. Not all pt is made the same. Discuss this with your physician. If therapy has been appropriate then further evaluation or testing may be necessary to determine what part of the spine is causing the pain. ...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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Can l1-l2 herniated disk cause foot drop?

Can l1-l2 herniated disk cause foot drop?

Not typically: Typically due to compressive pathology of the L4 nerve root or L5 -- most commonly at the l4-5 level. Not just a small herniated disc. There are other causes: neuromuscular, peripheral sciatic or peroneal nerve palsies or injuries. See your spine surgeon. ...Read more

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Can a herniated disk in l5/s1 cause pressure in the foot or trouble with the toes when walking?

Can a herniated disk in l5/s1 cause pressure in the foot or trouble with the toes when walking?

Yes: L5-s1 disk herniation can irritate either the L5 or s1 nerve root. Nerve irritation can cause leg pain, weakness, numbness. These symptoms can radiate down to the foot. This might affect your toes when walking.

See your doctor, who can decide if MRI is needed, and if you need treatment. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disk per MRI and I have noticed. Y feet and ankles are swelling. Is this related?

Probably not: Please see your doctor and tell them about the swelling. Many things can cause ankle and foot swelling.

However, a (presumed lumbar) disk herniation would not cause ankle and foot swelling. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage from siatica heal on its own from herniated disk? Right foot can stand on heel it drops what kind of doc should I see spine doc?

Can nerve damage from siatica heal on its own from herniated disk? Right foot can stand on heel it drops what kind of doc should I see spine doc?

Be evaluated: You would need to be followed closely. But yes, weakness from a herniated disc can potentially improve as the herniation heals. But you need to be followed closely because if it worsens you might need urgent surgery to avoid a complete and permanent "foot drop." See a spinal surgeon to discuss, even if you don't think you need surgery, you need to be followed by a surgeon just in case. ...Read more

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I have herniated disk L5 S1, weakness in left foot. Since Wed. I want to urinate after emptying bladder now I have, diahreoa and pain in left side, is?

I have herniated disk L5 S1, weakness in left foot. Since Wed. I want to urinate after emptying bladder now I have, diahreoa and pain in left side, is?

Be seen: You would want to be seen to make sure this is not a variant of cauda equine syndrome, which is considered an indication for surgery; and also be checked for other associated conditions. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my l side sciatic px is from piriformis syndrome or herniated disk? The pain intensity varies & at time only in my l low back/buttock. When I have leg pain to my left foot goes cold.

Sometimes: It's very difficult to differentiate between those two. A good physical exam and history necessary. Avoid positions that worse the pain. An MRI sometimes necessary to r/o hnp. Ice, rest and stretching exercises will improved a piriformis syndrome. Also the use of nsaids meds sometimes indicated. Can take long. I went through ps symptoms in the past. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can two herniated disks cause ankle and foot pain.

Can two herniated disks cause ankle and foot pain.

Depends.: It really depends on the location of the disks and your symptoms. Have your films reviewed by a neurosurgeon to see if the disks are related to your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can cervical issues (herniated disks, some degeneration) cause numbness, tingling in feet?

Can cervical issues (herniated disks, some degeneration) cause numbness, tingling in feet?

Should not: Too high up, lumbar or sacral disc issues could, cervical would be to high.... ...Read more

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How would a herniated disc cause pain on the bottom of the feet?

How would a herniated disc cause pain on the bottom of the feet?

Radiculopathy: Irritation to certain nerves (commonly the s1 nerve roots) from a herniated disc can manifest as pain radiating to the sole of the foot. ...Read more

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I have herniated disc, which causes right leg and foot weakness. Solution?

I have herniated disc, which causes right leg and foot weakness. Solution?

See a doctor.: Distal weakness that is the result of neural compression due to herniated disc needs evaluation and monitoring by a physician. If it is progressing or interfering with function it may need surgery. However, there are some big caveats here... How do you know that the weakness is not caused by another problem? This is where your physician evaluation is priceless. ...Read more

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I have herniated disc. It causes right leg and foot weakness. What are the next steps?

I have herniated disc. It causes right leg and foot weakness. What are the next steps?

Herniated Disc: Please consult with you physician - some patients opt for pain management based on the severity of the pain, other opt for physical therapy to regain strength. ...Read more

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Frequent severe numb/tingling in both feet (more in right). When sitting & often standing/moving. Could my DDD or herniated disc at T11-12 cause this?

Frequent severe numb/tingling in both feet (more in right). When sitting & often standing/moving. Could my DDD or herniated disc at T11-12 cause this?

Herniated discs: Herniated discs at the spinal cord level especially in the center to right side could definitely cause your symptoms. At age 20 you should definitely see a spine surgeon for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Can herniated disc cause symptom just sometimes on straight leg test? Sometimes I get muscle twitching in feet other times not, same with big toe pain.

Can herniated disc cause symptom just sometimes on straight leg test? Sometimes I get muscle twitching in feet other times not, same with big toe pain.

Can be intermittent: If a herniated disc causes signs like straight leg raising or sciatic nerve tenderness, it can be intermittent. So can any neurological or muscular sign or symptom. Left alone most resolve with conservative treatment. And some people with herniated disc on imaging studies have no pain. ...Read more

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What causes tingling numbness I legs, knees and feet? Alsobottom of feet ache. Left worse than right. I do have bursitis in hips and C7 herniated disc

Many possible causes: There are many possible causes of numbness in your legs and feet. I know nothing of your health but diabetes can cause this, vitamin B12 deficiency, herniated disc issues, local nerve entrapment, or what is called idiopathic peripheral neuropathy. This warrants evaluation by your physician. ...Read more

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Does a herniated disk cause excruciating stabbing pain intermittently as well as a constant burning?

Does a herniated disk cause excruciating stabbing pain intermittently as well as a constant burning?

Yes, it can: The discs between our vertebrae have nerve endings on them, and when they get injured, those nerves themselves cause constant low level pain. Also, if the disc herniates, it can push against one of the larger nerves going into your buttock and leg and cause intermittent shooting pain. ...Read more

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Can a herniated disk cause swelling testicles?

Not directly: Go see your primary care doctor for appropriate work-up and examination. It can cause some sensation changes or pain in that area, but not swelling. ...Read more

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Can a slip & fall cause a herniated disk?

Can a slip & fall cause a herniated disk?

Yes: Disk that have some degeneration (wear and tear, aging) have microscopic tear, which weaken them. When a person slips and falls, the movement made to stop the fall may tear the disk more, allowing it to herniate. ...Read more

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Can a herniated disk without nerve compression cause sciatica pain?

Yes: Nerve compression is just one way sciatica can happen. Often when looking at MRI, doctors don't take into consideration that this is a still image and doesn't show what your spine will do when you move, bend over or even stand up. That is why you need to see a spine specialist that can discuss this with you and your options for treatment. ...Read more

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Might a herniated disk without nerve compression still cause sciatica pain?

Might a herniated disk without nerve compression still cause sciatica pain?

Yes: Nerve compression is just one way sciatica can happen. Often when looking at MRI, doctors don't take into consideration that this is a still image and doesn't show what your spine will do when you move, bend over or even stand up. That is why you need to see a spine specialist that can discuss this with you and your options for treatment. ...Read more

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Could a herniated disk without nerve compression still cause sciatica pain?

Could a herniated disk without nerve compression still cause sciatica pain?

Annular tear: Sometimes the herniated disk has annular tear that releases the spongier nucleus pulposus out that can cause a chemical neuritis on the nerves that is similar to sciatica. Also if the MRI reflects any listhesis (slipping of one bone on the other) there may be a compression on the nerves that will not be appreciated on the MRI because you are lying down and not allowing gravity/forces to move it. ...Read more

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Does neural foramina narrowing cause herniated disk?

NO: A herniated disc may protrude and compress nerve root that causes foraminal narrowing. ...Read more

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Can a C5 herniated disk cause face tingling?

Can a C5 herniated disk cause face tingling?

No: The fifth cranial nerve can cause face tingling (called trigeminal nerve because it has 3 facial distributions v1, v2 and v3). C5 is a nerve root and goes to the arm. ...Read more

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Does a cervical herniated disk cause horrible shoulder pain?

Does a cervical herniated disk cause horrible shoulder pain?

It can: Severe shoulder pain is a common symptom seen in cervical disc herniations. There can be further radiation of pain down the arm as well. ...Read more

Dr. Edward Hellman
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Lumbar (Low Back) Herniated Disk (Definition)

A herniated disk is a medical condition in which the gel like disk between the bones of the spine squeezes out of its center position. ...Read more