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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Herniated Disk (Definition)

Herniated disk is also known as Bulging disk. Herniated disk is a medical condition in which the gel like disk between the bones of the spine squeezes out of its center position. Because nerves run in the spine right next to the disk, a herniated disk can compress a nerve and cause symptoms such as low back ...Read more


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How come I have herniated disk, but nobody else in the family has it?

How come I have herniated disk, but nobody else in the family has it?

How do you know?: Disc herniations are fairly common & can be found in people with no symptoms, over 20% as we get to middle age. Disc herniations due not have to be genetic but disc disease in general can run in families. They are also found more in smokers (2x) more frequent than in non smokers. ...Read more

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How long does take to recover from a herniated disk?

Varies: It is highly variable. I have seen people recover in as little as a couple of months to some who take over a year to recover. There is really no way of predicting with any accuracy. ...Read more

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What are the tests for herniated disk?

What are the tests for herniated disk?

The best ...: Most are diagnosed through a clinical evaluation with testing done to confirm the diagnosis as the number of disc herniations found in patients without symptoms increases with age. Knowing that, MRI is probably the best imaging test followed by a ct. A myelogram-ct is excellent as well with a contrast MRI the best test for people with prior back surgery to distinguish post op scar from a disc. ...Read more

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If I have a herniated disk, what exercises can I do?

If I have a herniated disk, what exercises can I do?

Depends: Depends on if you are in the acute phase of injury. Once you're past the acute muscle spasm working on core strength - abs and back- will be important. Work with your doc or physical therapist to get a home exercise program and learn how to do the exercises correctly. You don't want to hurt yourself. But you should be able to return to full activity. ...Read more

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How serious is a having a herniated disk?

How serious is a having a herniated disk?

Depends: It depends on size, amount of inflammation, location (neck, mid back, low back, against spinal cord, against nerve but not cord). Sometimes it keeps nerves or spinal cord from working properly. Other times it causes pain. Sometimes it is silent (no symptoms, problems). Most improve with time. Treatment depends on how severe the symptoms are, whether or not they are worsening, & how long they last. ...Read more

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How fast can I make my herniated disk go away?

How fast can I make my herniated disk go away?

Be patient: Most (more than 90%) will improve with time, but it takes 6 to 12 weeks. Anti-inflammatory medication (like Ibuprofen and naproxen) may hasten the process, but be careful of side effects (read the package insert).Trying to maintain regular activities and exercise may also help you recover. ...Read more

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What options do I have to help with my herniated disk? I can't stand for longer than 20 to 30 min at a time..

Did you had any: Treatment yet, if you did fine if not consider pain clinic i think they could help you. Good luck thank ...Read more

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What can I do to decrease pain from a herniated disk that's in my middle back?

Several things: Pain caused by herniated discs usually resolves with time, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications and, if overweight, weight loss. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of herniated disk?

What are symptoms of herniated disk?

Depends: Believe it or not many herniated discs cause no symptoms at all. If the herniation irritates or compresses a nearby spinal nerve root, people will often report back and leg pain on the side of the herniation. Depending on which disc herniates, the pain can occur on the front, side or back of the thigh and leg and can go down into the foot. Some people will have weakness and numbness. ...Read more

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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