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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more


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Can acupuncture work to relieve pain from bulging disk?

Can acupuncture work to relieve pain from bulging disk?

Yes: Acupuncture is a great HEALING tool. What I mean is: It opens up the energy channels, the blockages to healing. In this way it allows the innate healing powers of the body to cick in. And yes they are tremendous. They can do changes on all levels - biochemical, physiological, anatomical, symptomatic ( pain relief ) , psychological ( pain and physicsl suffering leads to depression,..), spiritual. ...Read more

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65 yr fem, herniated disc of lumbar MRI show mild disc bulge from L1-L2 to L4-L5, slight degen. grade 1 retrolisthesis. Had 1 month therapy. Osteoporosis. I have severe back and left side pain. What next? acupuncture? pain mngmt? shot in back?

65 yr fem, herniated disc of lumbar MRI show mild disc bulge from L1-L2 to L4-L5, slight degen. grade 1 retrolisthesis. Had 1 month therapy. Osteoporosis. I have severe back and left side pain. What next? acupuncture? pain mngmt? shot in back?

Pain: First question - were any of these MRI findings believed to be the cause of the back and left side pain? Has an orthopedic surgeon been consulted? If not, recommend that. Depending on his/her findings - there may be a number of treatment options. Acupuncture won't fix the actual intervertebral disc problems but it can often reduce inflammation in the surrounding area & improve range of motion, ...Read more

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I have slipped disc, surgery or chinese medicine (acupuncture, etc.)?

I have slipped disc, surgery or chinese medicine (acupuncture, etc.)?

Please see a : Neurosurgeon to determine if surgery is indicated. Acupuncture can markedly decreased inflammation ; pain with an intervertebral disc problem - but it will not cure the disc it's self. ...Read more

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If I have a slipped disc, should I get surgery or use chinese medicine (acupuncture, etc.)?

If I have a slipped disc, should I get surgery or use chinese medicine (acupuncture, etc.)?

I would consult: with a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic surgeon to know if you are a surgical candidate or not. I perform acupuncture on many patients who are not surgical candidates or patients whom the neurosurgeon desires to wait before doing surgery. ...Read more

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What is the best way to relieve the pain of a bulging disk?

What is the best way to relieve the pain of a bulging disk?

Conservative means: Initially, try medications, physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture, injections. If these measures fail, and MRI shows correctable problem, then surgery may be appropriate. ...Read more

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What is that injection on your spine to relieve bulging disk pain?

What is that injection on your spine to relieve bulging disk pain?

Epidural injection: This is called an epidural injection. There are different types but the all share the same principles. Image guidance is used to place a fine needle into the epidural space. Numbing medications and steroids are then injected to provide pain relief by decreasing the inflammation of the nerves. The procedure is safe but it is not risk free. Ask your spine specialist for details. ...Read more

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How do I relieve pain from a bulging disk in my neck without surgery?

How do I relieve pain from a bulging disk in my neck without surgery?

Physical therapy: Try physical therapy. It has been shown to be 95% effective in relieving pain from herniated disks in the cervical spine. ...Read more

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Had an ESI done on Tues. to help relieve the bulging disk in my neck. The shots have only made more pain and in new areas. Should I be concern?

Had an ESI done on Tues. to help relieve the bulging disk in my neck. The shots have only made more pain and in new areas. Should I be concern?

Bulging discs: I would contact the person who preformed the injection and check in with them. You may be experiencing normal injection site pain but it is possible to have a reaction to the medication. It does take the steroid a few days to kick in so it is not surprising pain not better as of yet. There are also rare occasions where injections can get infected. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bulging disk?

What is the definition or description of: bulging disk?

Minimal process: 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 nerve or spinal cord. ...Read more

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I have 3 bulging disk in my back--what is done for this?

Do they hurt?: The mere fact of 3 bulging discs (or 2 or 5) means nothing. What is important is how the condition affects your well-being. I have plenty of patients with terrible looking MRI scans who have no pain and function very well. On the other hand it is not at all unusual to see a person whose scan looks quite normal, yet is in incapacitating pain. ...Read more

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Has anyone had an epidural injections and a bulging disk?

Has anyone had an epidural injections and a bulging disk?

ESI: Epidural injections are most useful for situations in which a patient has leg pain from nerve compression. Back pain alone is not a good indication. The effectiveness is greatest if a MRI scan shows evidence of nerve compression or spinal stenosis. A bulging disc is usually a normal finding and not the source of pain, unless a patient has a congenitally narrow spinal canal. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment for bulging disk?

What is a good treatment for bulging disk?

Bulging disc: advil/motrin gentle stretching yoga core strengthening non-impact gentle cardio heating pad physical therapy None of these things will eliminate the bulging disc but they can help eliminate the discomfort associated with it ...Read more

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Are there any at home treatments for a bulging disk?

Depends: If there are no significant complications one can treat bulging disks conservatively with lifestyle measures to decrease inflammation and improve blood flow to the spine: these include smoking cessation, aerobic walking daily in fresh air and sunshine (vitamin d), plenty of water, and extension-based exercises. For a proper regimen see your doctor, who may refer you to a therapist as appropriate. ...Read more

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What is the dsm code for a bulging disk in your neck?

What is the dsm code for a bulging disk in your neck?

None: Dsm is for diagnosing mental illness. A bulging disk is a physical problem. Perhaps you are wondering about an icd-9 code. ...Read more

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What happens if a bulging disk touches the spinal cord?

Bulging disc: You may or may not have symptoms - the symptoms could be pain, tingling or weakness. ...Read more

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Could you have spinal arachnoiditis from a bulging disk?

Could you have spinal arachnoiditis from a bulging disk?

Not normally: Unless it was such a severe herniation that it caused cord edema (where you would have neurologic issues below that level if that happened). Normally arachnoiditis is more from issues closer to the cord, including infection, debris from surgery or injections, inflammation, infections, things of that nature. ...Read more

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Help! Is it possible to have spinal arachnoiditis from a bulging disk?

Help! Is it possible to have spinal arachnoiditis from a bulging disk?

No: Unlikely from a bulging disc. Usually occurs after surgery or procedure to spine. Also can be if there was a history of spinal infection. ...Read more

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I will have steroid injections in my back for a bulging disk in 4 days that won't go away, the meds don't work, help?

Surgery: If you continue to have pain after 6-8 weeks despite best efforts to get better without surgery and have tried pt, nsaids, steroids, etc, you likely need to see a neurosurgeon for an evaluation to see if surgery would be indicated. ...Read more

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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


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