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What is discopathy,disc degenerative disease or herniated disc?

What is discopathy,disc degenerative disease or herniated disc?

Similar Terms: Suggesting different issues in which the spine has pathology. Discopathy suggests the disc has some abnormality, Degenerative Disc Disease suggests the same, and herniated disc suggests a movement of the disc out of its normal shape and location. All three suggest similar but distinct disease processes. ...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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I have a back that needs surgery on it. Herniated disc, degenerative changes. 3 days now my right hip & thigh have gone numb with a lot of pain.

I have a back that needs surgery on it.  Herniated disc, degenerative changes.  3 days now my right hip & thigh have gone numb with a lot of pain.

Talk to an MD: This is a procedure that can be treated by either a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic surgeon that has specialized in back surgery. The use of a pain clinic to try epidural steroids prior to surgery is another viable option. ...Read more

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Are there any non-invasive treatment for cervical herniated discs (degenerative disc disease)?

Are there any non-invasive treatment for cervical herniated discs (degenerative disc disease)?

Yes: Physical therapy, cervical traction, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, chiropractic care, cervical epidural steroid injections are common options. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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Is it possible my herniated and degenerative disc issues in my lower back have caused weak pelvic floor muscles causing a rectal prolapse?

Is it possible my herniated and degenerative disc issues in my lower back have caused weak pelvic floor muscles causing a rectal prolapse?

Lumbar. Degerative d: It is extremely. Unlikely that rectal prolapse is caused or related to lumbar disc problems, get it checked by a specialist of the lower end of the colon . ...Read more

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How can you tell if nerve pain is coming from herniated disc vs. peripheral neuropathy vs. degenerative disc disease? What are the symptoms of each?

How can you tell if nerve pain is coming from herniated disc vs. peripheral neuropathy vs. degenerative disc disease? What are the symptoms of each?

Read on !: peripheral neuropathy is usually a symmetrical bilateral set of symptoms sensory or motor, Disc problems are often focal,local and unilateral A neurologist with the help of an electromyogram can help ...Read more

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My daughter is 18 and has multi level degenerative joint disease with bulging discs and herniated disc which specialist should she see?

My daughter is 18 and has multi level degenerative joint disease with bulging discs and herniated disc which specialist should she see?

Spine Surgeon: An Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon or a Neurosurgeon would probably be the best specialists to evaluate the conditions you have described in your daughter ...Read more

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My doc told me i need mri. The scaitic nerve was inflamef. I have a bed back with degenerative changes & herniated disk in neck & back. What do u th?

My doc told me i need mri.  The scaitic nerve was inflamef.  I have a bed back with degenerative changes & herniated disk in neck & back. What do u th?

Back MRI: The use of MRI in nowdays practice is way over than needed. For back issues, it is only good if surgery is considered, the diagnosis is unclear or there is suspicion for malignancy. If you know you have sciatica, conservative measures would have to be exhausted before MRI is considered unless history and physical suggest another reason for your pain. ...Read more

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Herniated disk, scoliosis, degenerative disk disease and sciatica. In pain what's the best treatment?

Herniated disk, scoliosis, degenerative disk disease and sciatica. In pain what's the best treatment?

Start w conservative: Start w conservative treatment including physical therapy, epidural injection at the site of the nerve root irritation, and bracing as needed for pain relief. Core strengthening is very important. Surgery may be needed if all else fails. A good physical exam, history, and review of various imaging studies go into deciding what surgery you may need. Please keep us updated. ...Read more