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Can Pilates help with my herniated disc pain?

Can Pilates help with my herniated disc pain?

Yes: Pilates focuses on the transversalis muscle (among others) to stabilize the spine. It can be helpful by reducing muscle spasm, correcting postural imbalances, and reducing anxiety. In my opinion, studies looking at pilates as the only treatment have been disappointing. It is best used in conjunction with strengthening of the back muscles and depending on the disc configuration, mckensie pt. ...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


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My herniated disc pain seems to start getting better then gets worse. This cycle continues. Is this a normal healing progression?

Herniated Disk Pain: Intermittent pain from a herniated disk is common, but not generally due to a healing process. Discogenic pain usually worsens when standing or sitting and improves when lying down. It is commonly activity-related, worsening by motion and relieved by rest. This is probably why your disc pain waxes and wanes. ...Read more

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Can a herniated disc be hereditary?

Can a herniated disc be hereditary?

Hard to Say: Some families have predisposition for back ailments, but hard to say if disc herniation specifically is related to genetics. ...Read more

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Can a herniated disc heal on its own?

Can a herniated disc heal on its own?

Yes: Start with physical therapy and core conditioning. At some point an epidural steroid injection might be helpful. If all else fails and your symptoms impact your activities of daily living, surgery can be curative. I would suggest seeing a spine surgeon with expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery if it comes to that. ...Read more

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What is the best way to heal a herniated disc?

What is the best way to heal a herniated disc?

Fix, Unlikely...: Core strengthening can be the source to heal the disc as best as it can. Sometimes epidural injections are needed to reduce to the pain to keep with the exercise routine. Finally a fix would truly be surgery, in which you cut out the offending part of the disc, however it has its risks/benefits as well. ...Read more

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What kind of exercise is good for a herniated disc?

What kind of exercise is good for a herniated disc?

McKenzie: Talk to your therapist about mckenzie directional-preference based therapy. In most people excercises of lumbar extension help to centralize pain, but not the case in all people with disc herniations. Far lateral disc herniations tend to respond to lumbar flexion exercises better. Get formal evaluation to see what directional preference therapy best for you. ...Read more

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How long takes for a herniated disc to regenerate ?

Does not really: Herniated discs do not regenerate -it edge rates and when removed and "recurs", it is really residual disc , not regenerated disc ...Read more

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Can I have a herniated disc and not have any symptoms?

Can I have a herniated disc and not have any symptoms?

Yes: Not only can you, but the vast majority of herniated discs are not painful. We know this by looking at many mris of patients without back pain where many herniated discs are seen. Getting a herniated disc is like getting a cold or a headache. It is part of life. Some herniated discs can cause pain, however. The art of the evaluator is to discern whether your disc is what is causing your pain. ...Read more

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