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Dr. Foead Geula
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Slipped Disc (Definition)

The disks are protective shock-absorbing pads between the bones of the spine (vertebrae). The disks of the spine are also referred to as intervertebral disks. Although they do not actually "slip, " a disk may move, split, or rupture. This can cause the disk cartilage and nearby tissue to fail (herniate), allowing the inner gel portion of the disk to escape ...Read more


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MY friend 40yr old female. Weakness in arms caused by Slipped discs in neck. Arms and legs started swelling afew days ago and look veiny. Causes?

MY friend 40yr old female. Weakness in arms caused by Slipped discs in neck. Arms and legs started swelling afew days ago and look veiny. Causes?

Unusual: the neuropathies from disc may cause pain or weakness anywhere down the nerve path. BUT swelling is not the usual? Thoracic outlet with nerve and venous compassion and thrombosis in the arms BUT that leaves the leg swelling ?? Needs good pcp visit with full history and physical examination ...Read more

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Im a bus operator. Does this profession cause pinched nerves or slipped disc?

Im a bus operator. Does this profession cause pinched nerves or slipped disc?

Good question still : Debated in spine literature. Some studies suggest an increased risk & others do not. However, disc issues are fairly common to begin with & sitting, particularly driving, can put additional stress across discs of tj lower back as sitting generates 4 times one's body weight across those discs while spines & vehicles vibrate at the same harmonic frequency of 5 hertz leading to vibrational load too. ...Read more

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Can a slipped disc cause severe back pain?

Can a slipped disc cause severe back pain?

Yes : A disc herniation can cause severe back pain especially early on in its presentation and when it is a central disc herniation. The good news is that 90% get better non operatively over time. ...Read more

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Can a sudden fall onto your coccyx cause a disc to slip L5 s1?

Can a sudden fall onto your coccyx cause a disc to slip L5 s1?

Disc: It is certainly possible, but perhaps there were already disc issues before. ...Read more

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I've had pain in the soles of my feet & fingertips & feel bruised. Also my whole body feels sensitive. I also have a slipped disc. Is this the cause?

Unlikely: A herniated disc is unlikely to cause the symptoms you described. Have your doctor evaluate and possible refer you to the appropriate specialist. ...Read more

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Can a slipped disc cause anterior thigh and anterior lower leg pain I have had surgery for spinal stenosis with relief 15 mos ago?

Can a slipped disc cause anterior thigh and anterior lower leg pain I have had surgery for spinal stenosis with relief 15 mos ago?

Possibly: u need to see a neurologist. There are certain nerves that inner ate those areas. The nerves come thru the spinal chord and go to their designated areas. U need to see a neurologist so he can do some tests and narrow the problem down ...Read more

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Could my slipped disc (l3&4) be the cause of sciatic nerve pain? Would seeing a chiropractor help? I'm trying to avoid surgery as long as possible

Could my slipped disc (l3&4) be the cause of sciatic nerve pain?  Would seeing a chiropractor help? I'm trying to avoid surgery as long as possible

Sciatica: Please see your medical doctor 1st. Then you will have two opinions if you see a chiropractor next. Also search John Sarno, MD, mind body approach to pain. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can a slipped disc in neck cause numbness in my face, arms, and legs as well as leg weakness and altered gait and trouble walking?

Can a slipped disc in neck cause numbness in my face, arms, and legs as well as leg weakness and altered gait and trouble walking?

See a physician: This sounds like something that needs to be looked at. You don't get facial numbness from a slipped disc or a herniated disc. Unlikely that symptoms would include the arms and legs as well as altered gait to the point of having trouble walking. This should be evaluated very soon by a physician. ...Read more

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What is a slipped disc due?

What is a slipped disc due?

'slipped disc': This means that the disc is outside of its normal anatomical position. This is due to disc damage and degeneration and nearly everyone will experience it at some point in their life. Usually happens due to abnormal bio mechanical strain because there is overuse or abnormal load applied to spine or due to lack of strength from supporting structures causing abnormal load sharing. ...Read more

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What to do for a slipped disc?

Slipped Disc: Six to 12 weeks of nonsurgical treatment including but not limited to physical therapy, epidural injections and medication is usually prescribed. If nonsurgical treatment does not provide pain relief after 6 to 12 weeks, it is reasonable to consider surgery. Surgery may be recommended prior to completing nonsurgical care if pain is severe and maintaining function difficult. ...Read more

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What are the tests for slipped disc?

What are the tests for slipped disc?

Imaging: Imaging tests are the usual investigation for slipped disc. There are no blood tests for this abnormality. ...Read more

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Is slipped disc the same as herniated?

Slipped is misnomer: A slipped disc is a misnomer, but tells us it's a disc problem. A bulge is a weakening of the annular fibers causing change in shape of disc. Herniation is a shift in the nucleus of the disc. Protrusion or extrusion causes nucleus to shift outside the disc. All may involve a tear which often causes chemical irritation of nerve roots and pain. Direct nerve root contact may occur with the last 2. ...Read more

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What is a slipped disc? How is it treated?

What is a slipped disc? How is it treated?

Most without surgery: A herniated ("ruptured") disk can respond nicely to physical therapy and the body's natural healing processes. But it can take weeks to months. Other options include chiropractic or pain injections. In some cases, perhaps 10-15 percent, surgery is needed. Indications for surgery include severe weakness, numbness, or persistent pain, trouble walking, or failure of conservative management ...Read more

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How can one know if they have a slipped disc?

Symptoms: What are your symptoms? Typically if you have low back pain with sitting or leg pain in one or both legs that is a radiating shooting pain you may have a slipped disc. An MRI or ct scan can tell you more. ...Read more

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I have a slipped disc, what is the best way to treat?

I have a slipped disc, what is the best way to treat?

Pinched Nerve: Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a fellowship trained pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...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