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Does exercise help a bulging lumbar disc?

Does exercise help a bulging lumbar disc?

Back strengthening: As one who has a bulging disc (and no surgery), back strengthening exercises are very important to help stabilize the back. I recommend the "superman" exercise: lying on your stomach, stretch your arms out like you're flying through the air like superman. For 5 seconds, raise your right arm and shoulder, and left leg and hip off the floor, then repeat on the other side. Do this 12x on each side. ...Read more

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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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Will exercise help a bulging lumbar disc?

Will exercise help a bulging lumbar disc?

Low impact: The best exercises for a bulging disc are low impact. You want to avoid axially loading the spine and increasing pressure on the disk. Water exercises such as swimming, stationary biking, or walking are safe. If symptoms increase, back off the exercises and see your physician to ensure that indeed it is a bulge and not a disc herniation. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could lumbar disc bulge get worse?

Yes: Most do not get worse, but occasionally they do. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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Sharp burning pain that comes and goes on lower left side of my back. Bulging lumbar disc starting to hurt againbut both at diff times. Related or no?

Sharp burning pain that comes and goes on lower left side of my back. Bulging lumbar disc starting to hurt againbut both at diff times. Related or no?

Myofascial pain: Intermittent pain in the lateral lower back is much more likely to be myofascial in origin, than it is to be related to any spinal or nerve origin. A trigger point myotherapist or a good massage therapist are the most likely sources of help. ...Read more

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How common are lumbar disc bulges - Is it "normal" to have them? What causes them? Chances of protrude more or herniate vs shrink back? doing PT

Fairly common: Lumbar disc bulges are common. Many are found incidentally are not likely to cause symptoms. Aprox 20 - 35% of adults have disc bulging on MRI. The incidence of sciatica symptoms is 2%. Some disc herniations may be resolved with conservative treatment. Some will progress. If you have persistent symptoms despite conservative therapy, then surgery maybe warranted. ...Read more

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If i have 2 lumbar disc bulges and went on elliptical for few minutes and lower back burned after, what can that mean?

If i have 2 lumbar disc bulges and went on elliptical for few minutes and lower back burned after, what can that mean?

May not be the back: Just because you have the discs does not mean that the back burning is due to the discs. Your physician can help clarify whether this is the discs, or maybe muscles, tendons or even bursas. ...Read more

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How to treat lumbar disc pain?

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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more