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Can You Have A Normal Life With A Herniated Lumbar Disc
Yes : 75% are better nonop within 2 to 12 weeks from onset of leg pain. 90% get better without surgery. However , lifestyle changes are important to minimize recurrent problems: not smoking, regular exercise and weight control. If you need surgery, 90% do well, too especially if they follow the same advice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more
Second Opinion: I suspect that you meant 5 millimeters, not centimeters. The need for surgery is dependent on many things. Are you having neurologic problems such as weakness, numbness or pain. Is the condition something that you can resolve with nsaids, rest, massage, and so forth. If in any doubt discuss this with a different surgeon than the one who is suggesting surgery. Hope this helps and good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: In most patients, cold therapy can help relieve some of the inflammation in the large muscles that surround the spine. Although the cold temperature associated with cold therapy does not reach all the way to the disc, it can help relieve some of the pain and muscle spasm that occurs along the muscles just underneath the skin layer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Try low impact: Reducing calories can produce weight loss, but exercise makes it a bit easier. Exercise that does not "jar" or load the back will usually be more comfortable and may also help you feel better. Often water exercise can help a person burn calories with low back stress (swimming, water walking, water aerobics). Other options include elliptical machines, bicycling, perhaps walking. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am very physically active. I just found out that I have herniated lumbar disc. Will I ever be able to be active again?
How common are lumbar disc bulges - Is it "normal" to have them? What causes them? Chances of protrude more or herniate vs shrink back? doing PT
Fairly common: Lumbar disc bulges are common. Many are found incidentally are not likely to cause symptoms. Aprox 20 - 35% of adults have disc bulging on MRI. The incidence of sciatica symptoms is 2%. Some disc herniations may be resolved with conservative treatment. Some will progress. If you have persistent symptoms despite conservative therapy, then surgery maybe warranted. ...Read more
Yes: As long as it is not causing you pain. Just listen to your body. ...Read more
Herniated lumbar disc. Is the type of pain an indication of severity of nerve entrapment? I.E. Stabbing vs dull pain.
Why is a neurosurgeon referring me to a neurologist after an emg for herniated lumbar disc and DDD?
Perhaps the EMG does: not match the area of the disk, or it could have been normal & a 2nd opinion is needed. ...Read more
I have herniated lumbar disc & now sharp shooting sciatic pain going down both sides to soles of feet. Can hardly walk. Will pt cure it?
Try acupuncture: I would recommend acupuncture. It's gentle, noninvasive and shown great results with back issues. Acupuncture needles feel good! it's completely not the same as any other experienced in western care. Don't let it deter you. They aren't hollow, like clinic needles. They are thinner than your hair. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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