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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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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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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What is anesthesia therapy for a lower lumbar herniated disc?

What is anesthesia therapy for a lower lumbar herniated disc?

General anesthesia: If you are having surgery such as lumbar laminectomy, discectomy, and/or fusion, you will recieve general anesthesia. However, a herniated disc does not always require surgery and is dependent on your symptoms and treatments. Physical therapy, epidural steroids, and/or oral pain medications are often sufficient treatment of symptoms of a hernieated disc. ...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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How do you treat and fix a small lumbar disc protrusion?

How do you treat and fix a small lumbar disc protrusion?

Treat symptoms only: Disc protrusions of any size require treatment only if they produce symptoms. Surgery is indicated for those with intractable leg pain, progressive loss of function or sensation in the lower extremity or for loss of bowel/bladder/sexual function. Medicines, stretching, mild rest, physical therapy, massage, heat, etc are indicated for everyone else. ...Read more

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How to treat lumbar disc pain?

Check out this link.: Take care! http://www.Spine-health.Com/conditions/herniated-disc/lumbar-herniated-disc.

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How to reduce weight, if I am having herniated lumbar disc?

How to reduce weight, if I am having herniated lumbar disc?

Try low impact: Reducing calories can produce weight loss, but exercise makes it a bit easier. Exercise that does not "jar" or load the back will usually be more comfortable and may also help you feel better. Often water exercise can help a person burn calories with low back stress (swimming, water walking, water aerobics). Other options include elliptical machines, bicycling, perhaps walking. ...Read more

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Is an operation necessary for a herniated lumbar disc of 5cm?

Second Opinion: I suspect that you meant 5 millimeters, not centimeters. The need for surgery is dependent on many things. Are you having neurologic problems such as weakness, numbness or pain. Is the condition something that you can resolve with nsaids, rest, massage, and so forth. If in any doubt discuss this with a different surgeon than the one who is suggesting surgery. Hope this helps and good luck. ...Read more

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I am very physically active. I just found out that I have herniated lumbar disc. Will I ever be able to be active again?

Yes: Once you are through with the acute spasm and muscular back pain regular exercise and core strengthening are vital. See a physical therapist to learn proper exercises and technique. I've run 6 marathons since i had my herniated disc issue. ...Read more

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Can you have a normal life with a herniated lumbar disc?

Can you have a normal life with a herniated lumbar disc?

Yes : 75% are better nonop within 2 to 12 weeks from onset of leg pain. 90% get better without surgery. However , lifestyle changes are important to minimize recurrent problems: not smoking, regular exercise and weight control. If you need surgery, 90% do well, too especially if they follow the same advice. ...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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Mri shows herniated lumbar disc but no back pain only sciatica. Esi only lasted a few days. Chiro recommends discectomy. Any non-surgical options?

Mri shows herniated lumbar disc but no back pain only sciatica. Esi only lasted a few days. Chiro recommends discectomy. Any non-surgical options?

Non-surg back option: Physical therapy can benefit even long-term degenerative disc disease sufferers, aimed at muscle relaxation then equilibration, opening intervertebral disc spaces for discs to return to their normal shape, and physical pain relief. Tens units & licensed massage therapy help pain without side effects. Swimming helps strengthen back muscles without jarring or grinding down discs. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a herniated lumbar disc. Will I be able to continue heavy construction after treatment?

I have a herniated lumbar disc. Will I be able to continue heavy construction after treatment?

Depends: It will vary depending on your age, fitness and symptoms. If you have good core muscle strength (tummy and back muscles), good aerobic (heart-lung) fitness, good body weight (not over or under weight) you may be able to return to work one the leg pain/symptoms subside. Most folks are unable to do heavy labor at some point in time as they age, but this does vary from person to person. ...Read more

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I am taking oral nsaids for a lumbar herniated disc conservative treatment. How long should I take them? Is there a standard duration?

I am taking oral nsaids for a lumbar herniated disc conservative treatment. How long should I take them? Is there a standard duration?

Long term : You to use them till the pain stop, then you could see if you cut them in half and see if the will under control. You have to be sure you do not develop any complications in the process. ...Read more

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Disc regenerative therapy. I see that it's mainly used for lumbar issues. Can it be used for cervical problems as well? Any side effects of drt?

Find pain generator: The concept of disk "regeneration" is questionable. Moreover, the scientific evidence that the disc itself (as opposed to the surrounding structures) can be the pain generator, is limited. In contrast, the fact that the nerve roots can be affected by displaced ; leaking disc is universally recognized. Be 100% sure where your pain generator is before you go for any invasive procedure. ...Read more

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