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What are the tests for ruptured disk?

What are the tests for ruptured disk?

See below: It starts with a good physical examination and history of what occurred. Then an MRI may be performed or sometimes a ct scan if the person cannot have an mri. ...Read more

Dr. Pietro Seni
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Ruptured Disk (Definition)

Disc herniation have a spectrum from slight bulge to bulge to herniation to extrusion from low to higher severity. The rupture usually suggests extrusion - disc material going outside the disc itself and the material compressing a ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of a ruptured disk?

What are the symptoms of a ruptured disk?

Pain / nerve symptom: Ruptured disc causes pain in the local area and may also impinge on a nerve which may cause pain or loss of function ( motor or sensory) in the area supplied by that nerve. ...Read more

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Ruptured disk. What can I do to treat it?

Ruptured disk. What can I do to treat it?

Herniated disk: The majority of the time herniated discs will heal on their own if you give them enough time. Physical therapy and inflammatory medications as well as on occasion cortisone injections can be most beneficial to reduce the discomfort as you allow your body to heal itself. If a herniated disc causes enough pain or irritates a nerve badly then surgery can also be employed to remedy the problem. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a ruptured disk?

Varies: Usually this means that the disk material has moved out of it normal surrounding into the adjacent tissues. ...Read more

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With a ruptured disk should I apply for disability?

With a ruptured disk should I apply for disability?

Disability: Only if you are truly disabled and unable to work. There are successful treatments. ...Read more

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Any advice on how to ease the pain of a ruptured disk?

Any advice on how to ease the pain of a ruptured disk?

Multiple options: The mainstay of treatment is physical therapy, this may be accompanied by medications and possibly physical therapy. Acupuncture may be considered and surgery is a possibility. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Ruptured disk?

Disc herniation: Disc herniation have a spectrum from slight bulge to bulge to herniation to extrusion from low to higher severity. The rupture usually suggests extrusion - disc material going outside the disc itself and the material compressing a nerve in the spine. ...Read more

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Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is ruptured disk?

Pressure on a nerve: Different terms describe the movement of the central part of a disc beyond the normal confines of the disc. A ruptured disc suggests a large fragment of the disc has gone beyond it's normal margin and is putting usually dramatic pressure on the nerve, nerve sac, or spinal cord. This often will require surgery because it is unlikely to shrink enough for the symptoms to be tolerable. Wait and pray. ...Read more

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Which is worse a slipped disk or ruptured disk?

Same: These are not medical terms but lay person terms for a disc herniation. And represent the same thing as descriptive language related to the medical tetm. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for ruptured disk?

Restricted activity: If there is not loss of bowel/bladder/sexual function, progressive loss of motor or sensory function, or intractable leg pain the treatment is a period of restricted activity with or without medications followed by progressive return to activity. The return to activity may include physical therapy. ...Read more

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When is surgery the best option for a ruptured disk?

When is surgery the best option for a ruptured disk?

Depend : Surgery for a ruptured or herniated disc may become necessary if there is associated radicular pain from an arm or leg and does not respond to a well directed conservative treatment program. There are emergent situations when surgery becomes the first option, i.e. Loss of bowel or bladder control. ...Read more

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How would you know if you have a spinal ruptured disk?

How would you know if you have a spinal ruptured disk?

Symptoms: Typically this issue is accompanied by radiating arm or leg pain possibly weakness or pins and needles. See your doctor, you may need an mri. ...Read more

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Does having a ruptured disk make someone's upper body look slanted?

Does having a ruptured disk make someone's upper body look slanted?

Yes it is called : A sciatic shift or it can cause a spasmodic scoliosis. The sciatic shift is when the hips go one way to the side and the back goes the other way. Muscle spasms caused by a disc herniation can cause a scoliosis that corrects as the painful spasms resolve. ...Read more

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What are the surgical options for a ruptured disk in young healthy people?

What are the surgical options for a ruptured disk in young healthy people?

That depends : Many people have ruptured or herniated disks. Surgical intervention is based more on symptoms and failure of non-operative treatments. When clinical symptoms, physical findings, and test results all confirm disk disease, surgery is a good option. Cervical diskectomy and fusion is standard, lumbar disks can be removed with or without fusion. Disk replacement is also an option. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a ruptured disk in the neck?

Usually pain: Pain is most common & can be in the neck &/or arms, headaches up the back of the head, pain with coughing/sneezing, pain with head motion or with activity, pain with the arm hanging down but better.Across the chest or overhead, pain associated with numbness/tingling/weakness in arm(s), & even no pain at all as discs can herniate with no symptoms. There can be no pain but just neurologic issues. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment option for a 24 year old with a ruptured disk?

What is the best treatment option for a 24 year old with a ruptured disk?

Depends: The treatment of ruptured or herniated disc consists of of course of conservative care (physical therapy, rest, nsaids, conservative alternative methods). For those that fail that treatment they may be a candidate for an epidural steroid injection. The last resort for patients is a surgical intervention in the form of a discectomy procedure. Visit your local spine surgeon for more information. ...Read more

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I have a ruptured disk in my back. What are good options for pain control?

Many options: A treatment plan typically includes medications (antiinflammatories, etc), physical therapy and possibly epidural injections. Surgery may be needed if you don't improve. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment method for a 27 year old male with a ruptured disk?

What's the best treatment method for a 27 year old male with a ruptured disk?

Depends: Certainly it makes the most sense to maximize conservative therapy unless you have a neurologic deficit (weakness, decreased sensation..) or pain that is refractory to medical management. Physical therapy, heat, massage etc.. Can be very helpful. Again, if you develop a deficit most will recommend surgical treatment be at least considered. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment option for a 25 year old female with a ruptured disk?

What is the best treatment option for a 25 year old female with a ruptured disk?

Multiple options: The mainstay of treatment is physical therapy, this may be accompanied by medications and possibly physical therapy. Acupuncture may be considered and surgery is a possibility. ...Read more

Rupture (Definition)

When a hollow structure like an blood vessel, a cyst, bladder, bowel, etc bursts we ...Read more