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Does A Herniated Disk Get Worse Over Time
May, but usually NOT: Epidemiology studies and long term follow up studies have shown that over a 10 year period, disc herniations gets better. The size of the herniation decreases. But saying that what is really important is the nerve root compression and irritation. This to has been shown to improve in the majority of cases with conservative care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
What options do I have to help with my herniated disk? I can't stand for longer than 20 to 30 min at a time..
Time: 90% get better over time. Activity modification, guided exercise/ physical therapy, medication and epidural steroid injections are treatment options. 10% require surgery and 90% of those do well as long as you are not a smoker and in relatively good health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You save money and: You have a 90% chance of getting better on your own, the same success as if i were treating you non operatively although i could make you more comfortable physically and mentally while your body healed itself as well as giving you advice as to how to minimize its recurrence. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: A herniated disk is only problematic when it puts pressure onto a spinal nerve, resulting in pain, numbness, and/or weakness in the nerve distribution. As we age, most people develop disk bulges and herniations that are expected aging changes and do not produce symptoms or warrant treatment. Most symptomatic herniations can be treated without surgery, however a small percentage may need surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Same day low back: A microdisectomy or a minimally invasive version are typically same day surgeries with return to all activities by 3 months for best results according to studies but most activities by 2 weeks depending on conditioning and health status. For cervical, this is usually done with a fusion but all activities around same time period as lumbar but no contact sports usually with a fusion, . ...Read more
Lumbar (Low Back) Herniated Disk (Definition)
Herniated disk is a medical condition in which the gel like disk between the bones of the spine squeezes out of its center position. Because nerves run in the spine right next to the disk, a herniated disk can compress a nerve and cause symptoms such as low back pain, numbness and tingling. ...Read more
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