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Doctor insights on: Can Herniated Discs Heal Without Surgery

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What surgery is done on herniated discs?

What surgery is done on herniated discs?

Herniated discs: Surgery is indicated for a herniated disc when nonoperative measures such as physical therapy, chiropractic care, and pain management have failed to eliminate the pain and there is significant limitations in daily activities. Surgery is also indicated when there is weakness and/or atrophy of the affected muscles. ...Read more

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Why might doctors be hesitant to perform surgery on a 29-year-old with herniated discs?

Why might doctors be hesitant to perform surgery on a 29-year-old with herniated discs?

Usually resolves : Good surgeons will not operate on a young person or anyone for that matter unless pain and/or symptoms worsen or the pain is unbearable because the studies show that two years out the surgery and non-surgery patients do equally well. It is best to avoid surgery whenever possible. ...Read more

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I have had all tests including mileogram for herniated discs.L4andl5sitting on nerves.I want surgery not a bandaid.How can they fix this?

I have had all tests including mileogram for herniated discs.L4andl5sitting on nerves.I want surgery not a bandaid.How can they fix this?

Microdiscectomy: If you have radiculopathy or true sciatica, microdiscectomy is the answer. Make sure your neurosurgeon thinks the discs are causing your symptoms. More often than not patients with disc herniations do not have symptoms, or the symptoms have nothing to do with the discs. ...Read more

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Can you get spinal surgery if you three herniated discs?

Can you get spinal surgery if you three herniated discs?

Yes : Having three disk herniation a does not exclude you from surgery. However it is quite rare that all three would need surgery. Best to get 2-3 opinions on this before having spinal surgery. ...Read more

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I have herniated discs, lumber. I am getting worse, supposed to have surgery. When I have a bm, i get an intense pain in my back. Is this emergent?

I have herniated discs, lumber. I am getting worse, supposed to have surgery.  When I have a bm, i get an intense pain in my back. Is this emergent?

Probably not: If you experience changes in your bowel and bladder function, or have numbness in your buttocks, you may need to seek care emergently, otherwise simply pain with bowel movement by itself does not make the need for herniated disc surgery emergent. ...Read more

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For a 19 year old who received herniated discs from rugby, is it possible to return to playing without surgery?

For a 19 year old who received herniated discs from rugby, is it possible to return to playing without surgery?

Yes: Depending on the extent and severity of a herniated disc problem, there is always a possibility of a patient returning to their normal level of function while being treated conservatively (without surgical intervention). All the best! ...Read more

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What could be the cause of swelling above my left hip. About a year ago i had surgery due to herniated discs on my left side? could that be a factor?

What could be the cause of swelling above my left hip. About a year ago i had surgery due to herniated discs on my left side? could that be a factor?

Varies: There are many potential causes and a good exam can go a long way in determining the cause. Having a disc surgery would usually not cause swelling above the hip. Some patients can get a bursitis and this can cause pain, swelling, and tenderness above the hip and there are some good options for that if that is the case. Consider being seen. ...Read more

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Can chiropractors fix cervical herniated discs or can only surgery do that? What do chiropractic adjustments provide to someone with this problem?

Can chiropractors fix cervical herniated discs or can only surgery do that? What do chiropractic adjustments provide to someone with this problem?

Improve symptoms: A herniated disc can heal on its own approximately 80-90 percent of the time, and yet it is one of the more common conditions we do surgery for. The goal of non- operative care is to improve the symptoms of a disc herniation long enough that the herniation heals without surgery. Nonsurgical options include rest, medications, therapy, traction, chiropractic care, and various types of injections. ...Read more

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I've had shoulder surgery 3 times, & i still get horrible muscle spams & knots, even in my neck. Could I have a herniated discs in my neck?

I've had shoulder surgery 3 times, & i still get horrible muscle spams & knots, even in my neck. Could I have a herniated discs in my neck?

Possible: It's definitely a possibility. There is a lot of overlap between shoulder and neck problems. The pain may be related to muscle spasms from improper mechanics/stiffness of your shoulder; however after 3 surgeries and persistent pain it may be time to have your neck examined and get a second opinion. ...Read more