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Can You Tell Me The Life Expectancy Of An Individual With Degenerative Cervical And Lumbar Disc Disease
Can you tell me the life expectancy of an individual with degenerative cervical and lumbar disc disease?
What are indications for spinal stimulation implant? I have cervical spondyl. And torn lumbar disc w/ degenerative disc disease. Tens unit helps.
Is there any side effects of ozone injections for disc issues? For both cervical and lumbar disc issues?
Ozone injections: With the exception of ozone injected into a blood vessel (very bad complications) there are no known complications but also this therapy is questionable at best...What is being treated? I don't believe you should be trying this. ...Read more
The studies are hit: Or miss with glucosamine for joints overall, and discs are a difficult area to get nutrients to, so they may not be able to get much from glucosamine. That being said, some people really do have good results. It is a benign treatment that may actually help a great deal if you are one of the lucky few! ...Read more
Which excercises are helpfull or ok to carry out without harming myself since I have lumbar disc degenrative disease (l3-l4, l4-l5, l5-s1) with sciatica?
With degenerative disc disease, facet arthrosis, nerve compression, buldging discs lumbar and cervical regions, synovial cyst posterior lumbar region in spine, continueum spasms, the need of surgery is the option as of now. I have been through all treatme
Unsure of question: Most surgeons exhaust non-operative care before recommending surgery. Non-operative care can include medications (anti-infammatory arthritis type medicine or pain medications), physical therapy, activity modification, exercise, bracing, chiropractic care, interventional pain management (injections), or alternative medical approaches. ...Read more
No: There is no scientific evidence that this makes any difference. ...Read more
My husband has lumbar disc disease and has had fusions at L4-L5, L5-L6. He bent down to pickup something and now he is in pain with spasms. Should he take his zanaflex (tizanidine) 4mg or flexeril 10mg he has prescriptions for both?
Yes: Most do not get worse, but occasionally they do. Check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more
One can cause other: It is kind of you should be called instability, which can cause a muscle strain. We call that muscle guarding in the osteopathic world. The way to really differentiate a problem from a discrimination, use when the disc is pressing on the nerve causing shooting pain down the leg. This is when its a surgical problem. When the pain is on the back, even if there was a disk involve, it is non surgical. ...Read more
9 years in bed with a life threatening neuro muscke disease, cervical & lumbar neuritis and spondioltis u name it I got it suffer death Drs won hel?
Hi I am 24 my job is fym coach and I have lumbar disc herniation I would like I be informed adout what kind of problems could this cause to me life;?
What is FYM coach?: Disc herniations can range from causing NO SYMPTOMS & be entirely silent to causing pain, numbness, tingling, weakness in a limb, & many other symptoms that are odd or feel strange or even painful. The good news is there are many ways to address the problem aside from surgery. If you'd like a private consult please contact me @: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi Enter Key Code: PDXFNR if prompted ...Read more
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 more
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
Disc herniation: A prolapsed disc is another way to refer to a disc herniation. Most commonly seen on people aged 30-50 with a predominance in men. About one in 20 cases of acute low back pain are caused by a herniated lumbar disc. Other common symptoms include radiating pain, pins and needles, or numbness into the lower extremity, antalgia (painful gait), and rarely bowel or bladder dysfunction. ...Read more
Treat symptoms only: Disc protrusions of any size require treatment only if they produce symptoms. Surgery is indicated for those with intractable leg pain, progressive loss of function or sensation in the lower extremity or for loss of bowel/bladder/sexual function. Medicines, stretching, mild rest, physical therapy, massage, heat, etc are indicated for everyone else. ...Read more
Lumbar Extrusion: An extruded disc can be thought of as squeezing a jelly donut until the jelly pops out of the doughnut. ...Read more
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 more
Yes: As long as it is not causing you pain. Just listen to your body. ...Read more
Prosthetic: Prosthetic lumbar and cervical discs are offered in the us and europe. There are no disc transplants. ...Read more
I have had a slipped lumbar disc before. Did physiotherapy and it got better. Now the pain has started again after 6 years. What should I do?
I've read conflicting info about ellipticals. I have lumbar disc issues and worried to use one. Can elliptical cause stress in low back/lumbar area?
It usually heals: Most lumbar disc herniations tend to heal on their own. Anti-inflammatory medication and traction type of therapy often helps to relieve the pain. The herniated disc often takes up to 3 months to heal. Seek medical attention if there is progressive pain, inability to walk, numbness, weakness, or any changes with bowel/bladder function. ...Read more
Is Lumbar Disc (L5/S1) replacement a viable option? If so, is Spinal Kinetics M6L better than Synthes ProDisc?
Yes and no: For the appropriately selected candidate who has also failed non-operative care, I do think a disc replacement can be a very viable option. The profuse in general probably had more ongterm data to support its use at this point, which is not to say it is better (just more documentation that it is relatively safe and effective. ...Read more
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 am 47 with spondylosis of cervical and lumbar spine and anterior disc prolapse. Is it ok to start exercising?
Yes: Start slow and listen to your body. Low impact exercises would be best in the beginning. ...Read more
Male, 41, what activity, treatment and food having cervical 3, 4, & 5 and lumbar 4, 5, &6 disc desiccation & disc bulge. Feels weekness, numbness & pain?
Complex: Ddd of the cervical spine is common and rarely requires surrey. The best thing to do is pt to increase your strength, avoid contact sports or high impact activities, do not smoke, etc. If this leads to increasing weakness, sensory loss, then surgery may be required and would advise a neurosurgical consultation. ...Read more