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Doctor insights on: Does Chiropractic Treatment Help With Degenerative Lumbar Disc Disease

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Lumbar (Definition)

The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more


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Could chiropractic treatment help with degenerative lumbar disc disease?

Yes: Working with a chiropractor is a common conservative treatment option. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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Does cold therapy penetrate deep enough to treat a herniated lumbar disc?

Does cold therapy penetrate deep enough to treat a herniated lumbar disc?

Yes: In most patients, cold therapy can help relieve some of the inflammation in the large muscles that surround the spine. Although the cold temperature associated with cold therapy does not reach all the way to the disc, it can help relieve some of the pain and muscle spasm that occurs along the muscles just underneath the skin layer. ...Read more

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What's the difference in treatment between what a lumbar spine exercise therapist and what a chiropractor can offer in relation to a flat lower spine?

What's the difference in treatment between what a lumbar spine exercise therapist and what a chiropractor can offer in relation to a flat lower spine?

Muscles and Bones: A therapist will work with you to strengthen muscles to bring the body into better alignment and health. It is very much about curing your problems. A chiropractor will manipulate the bones to temporarily bring some relief or attempt to bring relief. But there is very little they can offer in the way of solving your problem. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the life expectancy of an individual with degenerative cervical and lumbar disc disease?

Probably normal: Disk degeneration by itself does not affect lifespan. Your longevity is more affected by other factors (genetics, blood pressure, heart-lung-other internal organ function, exercise, tobacco-alcohol-drug use). ...Read more

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Chiropractoric treatment, do you think it can help get rid of or lessen lower back pain?

Chiropractoric treatment, do you think it can help get rid of or lessen lower back pain?

Minor relief: Chiropractic is based upon a bizarre theory about disease production by spinal nerve dysfunction. At best they offer a sort of message which can provide some short term relief. But chiros want you to come back again and again for "adjustments" for which there is no basis in fact. If your pain lasts longer than 6 weeks, see your orthopod M.D. For diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What is better for lower back pain, chiropractic therapy or physical therapy?

What is better for lower back pain, chiropractic therapy or physical therapy?

Neither..: 7.5 percent of caucasian patienists are b27 positive, a marker that relates to inflammation of the sacroiliac joints, called sacroiilitis. This problem can be also associated with psoriatic arthritis (phil mickelson-golfer) and other types. You need medication for this to stop inflammation causing the problem. Of course exercise and massage are ueful for sore muscles, but a correct DX is needed. ...Read more

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What are permanent treatment options for lumbar disc diseases, like disc dehydration, bulging, and tear?

What are permanent treatment options for lumbar disc diseases, like disc dehydration, bulging, and tear?

Sorry!: At this time, nothing will reverse these processes. Some of this is genetic and some is aging. Your best approach is to stay active, exercise regularly, get your rest, avoid unhealthy habits (smoking, over-eating). ...Read more

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Can you tell me is glucosamine & chondroitin beneficial for lumbar disc disease?

The studies are hit: Or miss with glucosamine for joints overall, and discs are a difficult area to get nutrients to, so they may not be able to get much from glucosamine. That being said, some people really do have good results. It is a benign treatment that may actually help a great deal if you are one of the lucky few! ...Read more

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Treatment 42 yr congenital scoliosis hemi vertebrae L4 has lead to osteoarthritis in lumbar, fractured pedicles, stenosis + degeneratIve discs L4 l5?

Treatment  42 yr congenital scoliosis hemi vertebrae L4 has lead to osteoarthritis in lumbar, fractured pedicles, stenosis  + degeneratIve discs L4 l5?

See ortho spine doc: You may need reconstructive or supportive surgery to prevent nerve damage if you have more than one vertebral body affected by the osteoarthritis. If this is a congenital issue an ortho spine doctor would give you the best advice on how to proceed safely ...Read more

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I have herniated lumbar disc & now sharp shooting sciatic pain going down both sides to soles of feet. Can hardly walk. Will pt cure it?

I have herniated lumbar disc & now sharp shooting sciatic pain going down both sides to soles of feet. Can hardly walk. Will pt cure it?

Try acupuncture: I would recommend acupuncture. It's gentle, noninvasive and shown great results with back issues. Acupuncture needles feel good! it's completely not the same as any other experienced in western care. Don't let it deter you. They aren't hollow, like clinic needles. They are thinner than your hair. ...Read more

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I have 3 bulging discs, DDD, stenosis, Si joint disease. Besides surgery. Alternatives? I have had shots and chiropractic care and physical therapy.

I have 3 bulging discs, DDD, stenosis, Si joint disease. Besides surgery. Alternatives? I have had shots and chiropractic care and physical therapy.

Please repost: Your post is vague. Has surgical treatment been proposed? If so, has the likelihood of improvement vs no improvement been discussed? Finally, chiropractic is useless at best & dangerous at worst. If a chiropractor tells you (s)he can help you, (s)he's lying or deluded. Either way, they're not to be trusted. You're just throwing your money away. ...Read more

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Herniated L4 disc 2 1/2 wks. What's next after chiropractic treatment. Still so much pain. Can't work or do one thing for too long...walk,sit etc?

Herniated L4 disc 2 1/2 wks. What's next after chiropractic treatment.  Still so much pain. Can't work or do one thing for too long...walk,sit etc?

Seek evaluation: Chiropractors offer conservative therapies with manual manipulation but if there are more severe underlying problems such as radiculopathy or severe spinal stenosis, a chiropractor may not help. You may require more than just Xrays of the low back as well. ...Read more

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Cervical spondylosis n herniated discs c4-c5, c5-c6. Neck, shoulder pain. Tingling sensation on hand. Going for chiropractic treatment. Any danger?

Cervical spondylosis n herniated discs c4-c5, c5-c6. Neck, shoulder pain. Tingling sensation on hand. Going for chiropractic treatment. Any danger?

Depends: Please alert the chiropractor to your herniated discs. Gentle chiropractic may not cause additional damage. In presence of neural signs or symptoms (tingling), robust neck manipulation is not advised (can cause nerve damage). Who advised chiropractic over seeing a spine specialist for this? ...Read more

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