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Have 8 hern. discs, spinal facet arth., deg. disc dis., and more. Losing weight and core strengthening. Would a lumb/sac belt ever be an good option?

Have 8 hern. discs, spinal facet arth., deg. disc dis., and more.  Losing weight and core strengthening. Would a lumb/sac belt ever be an good option?

It may help with : your symptoms in conjunction with a well executed exercise program combining: flexibility, cardiovascular conditioning and core strengthening. You may want to start this program under the guidance of your physician and a physical therapist and transition to a home program. ...Read more

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


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Is acupuncture good for a bulged disc or spinal stenosis?

Is acupuncture good for a bulged disc or spinal stenosis?

MODEST BENEFIT?: The more we learn, acupuncture seems useful for pain control, if done with expertise, but would not modify the anatomy of the pain generator. A bulged disc is unlikely to be the cause of spinal pain, and spinal stenosis may also be mostly asymptomatic initially. Best approach is to acquire a clear diagnosis and treat both cause and symptoms. ...Read more

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Will exercise help a bulging lumbar disc?

Will exercise help a bulging lumbar disc?

Yes: Bulging discs are seen in normal individuals. A routine exercise program can help with lower back pain. See your physician before starting any new exercise program. ...Read more

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How do a herniated disc and a bulging disc differ?

How do a herniated disc and a bulging disc differ?

They are similar: Usually a bulging disc refers to a disc that is starting to break down. Like an old tire, part of the disc weakens and begins to protrude into the spinal canal. A herniated disc is one that has popped and the contents of the disc rupture into the canal. Sometimes they are used interchangeably since they are similar. ...Read more

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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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When does a patient with a disc herniation undergo lumbosacral discectomy?

When does a patient with a disc herniation undergo lumbosacral discectomy?

Weakness, pain: Usually when the disk presses on a nerve root causing either significant pain -sciatica, or weakness in the leg. ...Read more

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What does an individual's pain feel like with a herniated disc in the thoracic spine, thoracic herniation?

What does an individual's pain feel like with a herniated disc in the thoracic spine, thoracic herniation?

Usually no symptoms: Most thoracic disc herniations are not symptomatic. However if the disc is pushing any thoracic nerve, you will experience some pain around the rib cage at the level where the nerve is being pinching. If the disc is large and compress the spinal cord, then it may affect your balance/gait while you walk, and it may result in lower extremity weakness. ...Read more

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Can a slipped disc or herniated disk in your neck kill you?

Can a slipped disc or herniated disk in your neck kill you?

It can't: Can't kill you but it can definitely cause weakness and numbness; sometimes severe dysfunction ...Read more

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Workers compensation for a bulging disc spondylosis with radicular pain?

Workers compensation for a bulging disc spondylosis with radicular pain?

Depends: Work comp laws vary from state to state. In additon, certain industries such maritime have different requirements for coverage asa they are governed by the us dept of labor. In most cases, there needs to be some precipitating event which causes the injury to be ruled compensable, but this differs as i mentioned above. ...Read more

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I need some tips for degenerate disc disease in lumbar and disc herniations?

I need some tips for degenerate disc disease in lumbar and disc herniations?

See below: Unfortunately our backs start degenerating in our late teens. Strengthening the core abdominal muscles, and back muscles . Using proper body mechanics and lifting techniques, weight-loss regimen if necessary, avoid smoking, avoid trauma are a few recommendations. Good luck thank you. ...Read more

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Should i be rowing with herniated disc (l5) and pinched nerve?

Well...: If it is a recent disc herniation then maybe taking it easy is best. However of its been goin on for a while and you are improving then it may be good, particularly if it's not too long of a session. Keeping a single sitting prolonged posture may not be the best. ...Read more

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Is a bulging disk the same as a disk herniated?

Yes: The terms – herniated disc, pinched nerve, bulging disc, slipped disc, ruptured disc, etc. –all refer to radiographic findings seen on a ct scan or MRI scan. They are interchangeable. ...Read more

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Homeopathy good for disk herniation and disk bulging?

Homeopathy good for disk herniation and disk bulging?

Yes, can help: Conventional treatment of disk bulging and herniation is often non-surgical and conservative, unless there are clear signs of worsening neurological function. Homeopathic treatment with an experienced practitioner may yield helpful results -- sometimes avoiding need for surgery. There are nearly 300 homeopathic remedies known for sciatica. Homeopathic doctors: http://www.Homeopathyusa.Org/. ...Read more

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Is pelvic traction a good option for releaving siatica pain and numbness, caused by a degenrative bulging disc (seen on MRI)?

Is pelvic traction a good option for releaving siatica pain and numbness, caused by a degenrative bulging disc (seen on MRI)?

Not recommended: No traction and no deep tissue massage are recommended for this condition. This condition must be professionally managed. See interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. ...Read more

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Can spinal lumbar stenosis or herniation symptoms greatly improve with weight loss?

One type of stenosis: If your stenosis is from epidural lipomatosis wieght loss will help it wont cure the disc but it. Will put less stress on your failing back that plus core strengthening may result in symptom improvement. ...Read more

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Is physical therapy possible with degenerative disc disease and sciatica injury?

Is physical therapy possible with degenerative disc disease and sciatica injury?

Yes It is possible: Injections will give you pain relief early, but PT can be just as helpful but will take time to get relief. There is new research coming out that when you are in a lot of pain, you're body actually stops you from performing exercises so that you may not benefit from PT initially. So we believe that if you at least improve your pain first, you can then proceed with the exercise therapy programs. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to have a chiropractic adjustment with a 9mm disc herniation at l5/s1?

Yes: A herniated disc is a contraindication to manipulation....You could make it worse. ...Read more

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What is the recommended exercise for disc prolapse and disc herniation?

What is the recommended exercise for disc prolapse and disc herniation?

Many possibilities: There are many exercises for disc disease. Some include stretching-lying on your back and pulling one knee to the chest and repeat with the other; strengthening-see my back exercise health guide for tips; reverse arch push ups-doing push ups but not with a rigid back instead arching your back backwards. Consult with your doctor or physical therapist for the best exercises for your condition. ...Read more

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Is heat or ice better for low back pain? Especially if there is a lumbar disk herniated? What are the symptoms of having a lumbar disk herniated?

Is heat or ice better for low back pain? Especially if there is a lumbar disk herniated? What are the symptoms of having a lumbar disk herniated?

Both : Both can help but it may differ from pt to pt sometimes it helps to go back and forth between heat and cold / if you feel one is much more helpful for you then stick with that / use apiece of swim noodle behind the small of your back while sitting as a "lumbar roll" I have found this to help many people including me over the years hope you feel better. ...Read more

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What kind of exercise is good for a herniated disc?

Core muscle strength: You need to do abdominal and low back strengthening and flexibility training. There are certain exercise regimens that are designed to stabilize the core muscles in the trunk to help with herniated disc issues. ...Read more

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