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Does a herniated disk get worse over time?

Does a herniated disk get worse over time?

Not necessarily: If you continue with physical therapy and avoid/limit activities that impact more on the disc it should stabilize and minimize related discomfort/problems. ...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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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..

Did you had any: Treatment yet, if you did fine if not consider pain clinic i think they could help you. Good luck thank ...Read more

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How do I get pain relief from a herniated disk?

How do I get pain relief from a herniated disk?

Treating back pain: Herniated disk can be painful. To help with this physical therapy and pain medication but since it is chronic i would suggest acupuncture, feldenkrais therapy and improving your core strength. If it gets worse, they may recommend epidural injections and evaluation by a specialist. ...Read more

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What happens if I do not get treatment for herniated disk?

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 more

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I have a herniated disk in my back and I have to get a cortisone shot, how risky is it?

Normally not very: However, i would wait a while until the issue of contaminated corticosteroid injections is completely solved... Actually, i don't know the status of that, check on the fda or cdc website for advice. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of herniated disk?

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 more

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Recovery time from surgery for herniated disk?

Recovery time from surgery for herniated disk?

Usually 6-10 weeks.: Usually 6-10 weeks. People heal in different time frames. During the healing process, i advise patients to avoid heavy lifting or strenuos activity. I do encourage them to begin a walking program. Check out spine-health.Com. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time from surgery on a herniated disk?

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

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What is the recovery time for a back surgery on a herniated disk?

It depend: As you know we have so many operation for herniated disc. It take about 8-12 weeks. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disk in my l4/l5 area how long will it take to get better been having it for 4 weeks now back doesn't really hurt just in my leg?

I have a herniated disk in my l4/l5 area how long will it take to get better been having it for 4 weeks now back doesn't really hurt just in my leg?

Can take long time: Here is the good news....According to greenburg, 50% of all things such as herniated disks or other examples of what we would refer to as "compressive neuropathies" resolve without any out side intervention. The bad news....It can take a very long time. In my case, when i got sciatica after doing legs with a buddy it took over 9 months for my back and leg feel normal again. ...Read more

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What is best for a moderate pain herniated disk, rest or activity? I waited a week before resuming running/incline walking and the pain is now worse.

What is best for a moderate pain herniated disk, rest or activity? I waited a week before resuming running/incline walking and the pain is now worse.

Need to rest : Herniated disc syndrome can be very painful. Rest, MRI and maybe lumbar epidural could be the next treatment options for you . ...Read more

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I had herniated disk surgery. My surgeon said I could go back to work in 3 weeks. I am a nurse aide at a nursing home. Is this a reasonable time .

I had herniated disk surgery. My surgeon said I could go back to work in 3 weeks. I am a nurse aide at a nursing home. Is this a reasonable time .

Discuss with surgeon: Everybody is different in terms of rehab from such a surgery. It also depends upon the relative complexity of the procedure, any complications encountered, progress of patient through rehab, etc. If you are concerned about this time frame or the work you would be going back to then, I would discuss things with both your PMD as well as the surgeon. Make docs fully aware of your job duties. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Lumbar (Low Back) Herniated Disk (Definition)

A herniated disk is a medical condition in which the gel like disk between the bones of the spine squeezes out of its center position. ...Read more