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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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How much could Ayurveda treatment help in disc prolapse and cord compression?

How much could Ayurveda treatment help in disc prolapse and cord compression?

Not likely to help: Ayurvedic treatment is not likely to have any effect on disc prolapse and cord compression, as the symptoms are due to a part of the disc physically pressing on one's spinal cord or spinal nerves. Some sort of neurosurgical procedure is usually needed to move or remove the part that is compressing the spinal cord. ...Read more

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If you applied enough traction force in spinal decompression therapy to a healthy, overly hydrated disc, can it tear apart w/ repeated traction?

If you applied enough traction force in spinal decompression therapy to a healthy, overly hydrated disc, can it tear apart w/ repeated traction?

No: Traction therapy only gently release pressure in the spine, let the herniated disc to return to its position. It will not cause tear of the disc. ...Read more

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Have disc bulge and pich nerve. Chiro recommended a lumbar "posture pump" for traction. Is it safe/does it really work?

Have disc bulge and pich nerve. Chiro recommended a lumbar "posture pump" for traction. Is it safe/does it really work?

Why would you go?: Are you havin pain? Musculoskeletal problems can give you neck pain (strain, joints, arthritis, pinched nerve). A disc bulge can be minor or serious. Why would you go to a chiro ? Best to see an md who can help you isolate the cause and arrive at a solution. In the mean time, stretch, heat, relaxation may help. ...Read more

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Can massage therapy be good for L5 s1 3mm retrolisthesis where I have a herniated disc? Is a tens device better therapy?

Can massage therapy be good for L5 s1 3mm retrolisthesis where I have a herniated disc? Is a tens device better therapy?

Both can help: Massage will help with some of the sore muscles that are aggravated by the irritated nerves and the tens unit is very good for pain control by something called "gate theory", both modalities work in different ways and both can be of benefit. Physical therapy is the best for this though, so keep that up! strengthening the supporting musculature and core will help stabilize the slip and herniation. ...Read more

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Does lyrica heal damaged nerve from herniated disc or is it like a pain killer ? Thank you

Does lyrica heal damaged nerve from herniated disc or is it like a pain killer ? Thank you

No and No: Without going in to a large biochemistry or pharmacology lecture, lyrica and other antiepileptics turn down the function of nerves. The idea is to turn down the nerves in pain. Lyrica is not a pain medication as in a narcotic but for some reason, people have tried to abuse it so it is scheduled. ...Read more

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Is c4-5 disc herniation related to lower limb paraesthesia? How long does it take for paraesthesias to get to normal after artificial disc replacement

Is c4-5 disc herniation related to lower limb paraesthesia? How long does it take for paraesthesias to get to normal after artificial disc replacement

Yes, it can.: A c4-5 disc herniation can cause compression of the spinal cord leading to lower limb symptoms including pain, numbness, and weakness. Assuming there is no longer any pressure on your spinal cord, it can take as long as one year (or even longer) for symptoms to improve. Weakness and numbness typically take the longest to return. Some symptoms may even be permanent even after surgery. ...Read more

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MRI = C3-4 disc herniationstenosis ap of 0.7cm? indention on spinal cord. Will the dr want 2 do surgery or try therapy first. CanTherapy make it worst

MRI = C3-4 disc herniationstenosis ap of 0.7cm? indention on spinal cord. Will the dr want 2 do surgery or try therapy first. CanTherapy make it worst

Neuro Exam Needed: Cervical spinal stenosis at C3-4 (<9 mm AP diameter) may be serious if the spinal cord is compressed enough to cause symptoms or neurological signs of spinal cord injury. A neurosurgeon or neurologist should be consulted, but surgery not necessary if asymptomatic with no signs of neurological deficit on exam. Surgery for neck pain without arm pain is rarely indicated unless stenosis worse (<6 mm) ...Read more

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Help please? How much force does it take to cause a compression fracture in a healthy lumbar vertebra?

Help please? How much force does it take to cause a compression fracture in a healthy lumbar vertebra?

Fall or MVA: Usually a fall from 8-10 feet landing on feet or buttocks or MVA at 35 mph causing forward flexing. These figures depend on height and weight ...Read more

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Undergoing drx9000 spinal decompression for a moderately degenerated disc. I read that the machines can actually further disc damage? Is that true?

Second opinion: With any disc manipulation you want to second and third and so on opinion. You want to discuss this with a neurologist, a neurosurgeon, a pain specialist, a radiologist and so on. You only have one spine. ...Read more

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Is it better to heat or ice spinal stenosis pain?

Is it better to heat or ice spinal stenosis pain?

Tough diagnosis: Work with a good physical therapist. Find musculoskeletal acupuncture such as trigger points (don't need injections, just 'dry needling'). A good hands-on osteopathic physician who does omt (omm) is key for maintaining function in a chronic situation. Finally since this is really arthritis in the spine, and has an inflammatory component, eat an anti-inflammatory diet and herbs (find online). ...Read more

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Can a chiropractor help alleviate my degenerative disc disease symptoms? Would it be beneficial for me to choose to treat my degenerative disc disease through a chiropractor? .

Can a chiropractor help alleviate my degenerative disc disease symptoms? Would it be beneficial for me to choose to treat my degenerative disc disease through a chiropractor?

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Back : Back pain and degenerative disk disease is a complicated disease. There are many treatments for this problem including rest, physical therapy, chiropractor, weight loss, medications, steroid injections, back disk or fusion surgery, spinal cord stimulation and pain pumps. Some treatments work for some people but not for others. I always recommend starting with the least dangerous and invasive treatments first such as physical therapy and chiropractor. If chiropractor does not work for you then you should see a spine pain specialist or spine surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more

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If I have a pinched nerve n my L3 or L4 can this b corrected by decompression or physical & osteopath manipulation therapy? Achey pain n front thighs.

Lumbar Disk: 70-80% of lumbar disk herniations will improve without surgery, especially in a woman. Try to avoid activity which increases pain down your leg to allow the nerve an environment to heal faster. Rest, physical therapy, non and steroid medication, and traction (decompression) are all proven nonsurgical treatment options. ...Read more

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I have herniated disc l5-s1, getting epidural steroid injections. Will it help with weakness and numbness or does it only help pain?

I have herniated disc l5-s1, getting epidural steroid injections. Will it help with weakness and numbness or does it only help pain?

Hard to say: once inflammation is removed, then if your weakness and numbness improve it will help. typically though weakness suggests significant compression on the nerve and that may take time to return. Numbness also in my experience is the last thing to improve from nerve injuries or compression. ...Read more

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How effective is the level 4 deep tissue laser therapy for chronic cervical and lumbar pain?

How effective  is the level 4 deep tissue laser therapy for chronic cervical  and lumbar pain?

Unproven but...: This therapy may be helpful for some people but there are no valid scientific studies that support it. Just because there are no studies doesn't mean it can't work so you have to try it to find out. It is probably harmless. I usually recommend patients try something like this once and if it helps it is your decision to continue. Insurance usually won't pay for this so you decide if there is value. ...Read more

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Can yoga help a compres spinal cord or a pich nerv or can make it worse by puting pressure on it. Ding yoga until i can get an MRI on my spinal cord?

Can yoga help a compres spinal cord or  a pich nerv or can make it worse by puting pressure on it. Ding yoga until i can get an MRI on my spinal cord?

Possibly: You need to see your physician to make the correct diagnosis. You will be examined and the decision will be about MRI or other imaging. Stop the Yoga until your physician clears it. ...Read more

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Had a foraminotomyc6, c7, t1. Dr. Said the disc protusion too hardened to remove.But reroofed to ease pressures.Is a hard disc likely to reherniate?

Hardened Disc: A "hardened" (medically referred to dessicated) disc that has been surgically treated is not likely to herniate again as the reason for the hardening is that the innermost part of the disc has become less compressible and would not likely bulge again. However, post surgery, and with continued "wear-and-tear" other arthritic changes can occur where the bones touch and at ligaments. ...Read more