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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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, .

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Doc wants to remove disk and do fusion, herniated disk L5 s1. What is recovery time and what is there a high chance of pain relief?

Doc wants to remove disk and do fusion, herniated disk L5 s1. What is recovery time and what is there a high chance of pain relief?

Depends on procedure: There r many ways 2 fuse: anterior, posterior, or both. The 1 2 best advise u is ur surgeon. If u have doubts get an answer 2 which procedure is proposed ; why. If still not satisfied getting a second opinion is in order, but get all the details 1st.

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I have 2 herniated disk on my lower back due to a car accident, every time I'm on my period my back hurts to the point I can't walk, is that normal?

I have 2 herniated disk on my lower back due to a car accident, every time I'm on my period my back hurts to the point I can't walk, is that normal?

It is not normal: Pain is never normal. There are various lower back disorders which could cause pain during the period. I can appreciate your concerned about your health, but finding a proper diagnosis and treatment may be the answer to your worries. Rec.: see your physician for examination, tests and referral, if needed, for the treatment.

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Herniated disk & ruptured & bulging, have endometriosis even after partial hyster. Had it & have it bad, back pain bad, can endo make back pain worse?

Yes: Endometriosis spills all over, and one of the muscles where it can seed is the psoas. The psoas plays a role in back pain and overall stability of the spine, it can cause compression of the spine and sacroiliac joint when in severe spasm. Try upward dog or cobra positions with deep breathing to see if it helps to alleviate component of your pain that's muscular.

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Sharp pain in neck by shoulder. 2nd time in 2yrs. Excruciating pain when I turn my neck. Pain went away after 2 days. Herniated disk maybe? Need MRI?

Unlikely HD: Pain relieve in two days mostly cause by muscular spasm rather than HD, massage, heat, muscle relaxants, over the counter anti inflammatory,

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Is there any kind of relief I can get from my back pain? I have sharp pains running up and down my legs from my waist down. I do have a herniated disk at my l5s1 and have had 3steroid injections in the past 3 weeks. Yesterday my pain started, so my doctor

Sorry: Sorry to hear about your back and leg pain. The l5-s1 disk is probably pinching your leg nerves (sciatic nerves) causing leg pain called sciatica. Lumbar disk surgery should be considered if steroid injections have not relieved the pain. Traditionally lumbar disk surgery was done through a large incision with significant muscle retraction, damage and bone removal to get to the disk. Today most lumbar disk herniations can be removed minimally invasively with the spine endoscope. This outpatient surgery is done with a small camera the size of a pen through an incision the size of your finger nail. Most people have quick relief from their pain and decreased recovery. For more information about lumbar disk herniations and sciatica and endoscopic spine surgery please see my health guides. Good luck!

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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