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Can A Ruptured Disk Heal On Its Own
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
Disability: Only if you are truly disabled and unable to work. There are successful treatments. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
The words=same thing: These r interchangeable ; r used 2 describe the same process. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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