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What exercises should I avoid due to my cervical herniated discs and arthritis in shoulders?

What exercises should I avoid due to my cervical herniated discs and arthritis in shoulders?

Varies: With the neck you would ideally keep your neck in a neutral position, avoiding extension or rotation. With the shoulders avoid lifting overhead and try to use relatively light weights. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Bulging Disk (Definition)

Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more


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Can a cervical herniated disc/ stenosis cause localized moderate pain continously at ribs, base of scapula or would gallbladder be more likely.

Can a cervical herniated disc/ stenosis cause localized moderate pain continously at ribs, base of scapula or would gallbladder be more likely.

Not typically: A disc herniation in the neck can cause neck pain, headaches, and pain or numbness running into the arm. But would not likely cause pain in the location you are describing. If it is spine related, it would typically involve the thoracic spine, but I suspect from what you are describing it is not spine related. ...Read more

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Might it be possible that a cervical herniated disc be pain free in the neck but have mid-back pain instead?

Might it be possible that a cervical herniated disc be pain free in the neck but have mid-back pain instead?

Very unusual: It is much more likely that you have a primary cause in your mid-back than having the pain come from an asymptomatic cervical disk. ...Read more

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Can a cervical herniated disc in the neck cause slurred speech, difficulty talking, and swallowing? Sometimes choking on thin liquids?

Can a cervical herniated disc in the neck cause slurred speech, difficulty talking, and swallowing? Sometimes choking on thin liquids?

Evaluation needed: Swallowing problems are most commonly related to neurological disease. The most common reason for these symptoms would be a stroke in the brain stem but other reasons need to be investigated for an appropriate treatment plan to be set. ...Read more

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What is a cervical bilobed herniated disc?

What is a cervical bilobed herniated disc?

Pretty rare: Hi, good? You may know that a herniation is when the nucleus pulposus (central aspect of the disc) escapes through the anulus fibrosus and can exhibit mass effect on spinal structures. Herniations are NOT uncommon, I see them daily on MRI. BILOBED appearance is rare...see the photo that I just entered into the answer. Bi = 2 and you can see that there are 2 "lobes" or components. Take care ...Read more

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I have 4 herniated disc in my cervical vertebrea, at 70 do I get surgery orlive in pain.?

Non-surgical Rx: Surgery or pain are not the only options. There are non-surgical treatments for herniated disc and a doctor should be able to provide pain relief while you explore non-surgical options or minimally invasive surgical option with your doctor. ...Read more

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Do cervical disc herniations heal and does the foramen clear itself of the herniated disc material, if so over what time frame?

Do cervical disc herniations heal and does the foramen clear itself of the herniated disc material, if so over what time frame?

Rarely: Discs do reabsorb or retract over time but this is over a prolonged period. If the nerve is injured and there is radiculopathy you will likely lose function over time. It is best to be evaluated and followed closely ...Read more

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Is a Broad based cervical disc bulge the same thing as a herniated disc. I keep seeing it called a broad based disc herniation online.

Is a Broad based cervical disc bulge the same thing as a herniated disc. I keep seeing it called a broad based disc herniation online.

Not exactly: A disc bulge may not be a herniation. Both can possibly impinge on the cord and the nerves. They are not related to your scleritis or your red puffy feet. More importantly does the disc bulge call Aide with any neurologic changes you have. These are things to discuss with your physician ...Read more

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I have a cervical fusion at C3, 4, 5. I have a herniation at C5-6. How would the herniated disc be fixed? Would it be connected to my current fusion?

I have a cervical fusion at C3, 4, 5. I have a herniation at C5-6. How would the herniated disc be fixed? Would it be connected to my current fusion?

Adjacent Fusion: If you have a herniated disc at a level near your current fusion the new disc can be treated with a fusion that would connect with the other fusion. There are also new modern devices which allow us to do this without removing the plate from your previous surgery. ...Read more

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Can cervical spondylosis or a pinched nerve or a herniated disc cause a discomfort or pain to the touch at the back of the head? If yes, why?

Can cervical spondylosis or a pinched nerve or a herniated disc cause a discomfort or pain to the touch at the back of the head? If yes, why?

Nerve pain: Yes any of these can if there is pressure on the nerve. This causes the nerve to malfunction so that touch, cold, heat, pressure feel very different and can be very painful. ...Read more

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Back pain for several years the scans have revealed cervical laminecteomy needed, herniated disc. I need pain meds. How? Did pt, did shots, did all,

Back pain for several years the scans have revealed cervical laminecteomy needed, herniated disc. I need pain meds. How? Did pt, did shots, did all,

Surgery if neuro def: If you have paralysis (weakness) of the arms or signs of pinching of spinal cord in the neck on neurological examination then you should get the surgery. Otherwise pain management with opiod medications could be an alternative. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc at c6c7 pinching a nerve causing cervical radiculopathy down my arm. Will the pain and numbness go away suddenly or gradually?

I have a herniated disc at c6c7 pinching a nerve causing cervical radiculopathy down my arm. Will the pain and numbness go away suddenly or gradually?

Either or: Sometimes people get lucky and the pain may go away suddenly, but most patients with a structured physical therapy program, possible medication use, heat to the area, etc., . will see a gradual improvement. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have experienced dysphagia for 5 months. Barium swallow was done and showed mild cervical herniated disc. Is it possible it was the only reason?

I have experienced dysphagia for 5 months. Barium swallow was done and showed mild cervical herniated disc. Is it possible it was the only reason?

Not explanation: It would be unusual for even a fully ruptured cervical disc to cause frank dysphagia, and the answer is not within the spinal canal... Maybe neuromuscular disorder or some congenital process is a far better explanation. ...Read more

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10 ft fall, herniated disc c5-c6 impinges significantly on the thecal sac, the cervical cord and nerve root, waiting on dr, advise, what will come?

10 ft fall, herniated disc c5-c6 impinges significantly on the thecal sac, the cervical cord and nerve root, waiting on dr, advise, what will come?

Nerve injury: A herniated disk can cause nerve pinching. By reducing nerve inflammation it may reduce your pain. The doctor may suggest medication, injections, or maybe even surgery. Don't panic, getting your pain reduced and nerve less inflamed is the key. ...Read more

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How necessary is it to take a MRI when x Ray has been done to see reverse lordosis & possible herniated disc in cervical spine?

Different tests: Plain X-rays of the spine only show bones structure, an MRI is needed if you are looking for soft tissue pathology like a herniated disk. ...Read more

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Should I have surgery on my neck or injection? I have a herniated disc at my c5-6 cervical that is compressing a nerve that is givin me right arm pain and numbness. Should I choose to have surgery instead of the injection to asure that I want have issues w

Should I have surgery on my neck or injection? I have a herniated disc at my c5-6 cervical that is compressing a nerve that is givin me right arm pain and numbness. Should I choose to have surgery instead of the injection to asure that I want have issues w

Surgery: Surgery and injections are not interchangeable options- they work in completely different ways. The decision is made typically on what symptoms you have, what your examination shows, and what your MRI demonstrates.

Injections are typically done under x-ray guidance (fluoroscopy) to direct a needle, under local anesthesia, into either the spinal canal (for an epidural injection) or into the small canal through which an individual nerve leaves the spine (a selective nerve root block, into the foramen). Typically, both a numbing medicine (local anesthetic) and a steroid are injected together. A diagnostic block may only use the local anesthetic without the steroid. The local anesthesia gives you temporary relief of the nerve pain, and the steroid may give you longer relief.

To be clear, injections do not make the disc herniation resolve or heal any faster. However, as the majority of disc herniations will heal without surgery, injections often help control the pain while the body is trying to heal itself. I always prescribe physical therapy with injections.

In my experience, injections do nothing for numbness, or for weakness- only for pain relief.

The advantage of an injection is that it can be done without general anesthesia, in the office, and with quick recovery. The disadvantage is that it does not remove the herniated disc, or take the pressure off of the nerve, so the injection relief may be short-lived.

Surgery is much more invasive, but does involve direct decompression of the pinched nerve, with complete removal of the herniated disc. This treats both pain, weakness, and numbness. However, surgery is also much more involved, with an overnight stay in the hospital, general anesthesia, and recovery over several weeks. It is a more permanent treatment, however.

I send lots of patients for injections and operate on many others. The patient who responds best to injections is one whose primary complaint is pain (little numbness and no weakness), who has a smaller disc herniation, with recent symptoms, and who has no signs/symptoms of spinal cord compression.

Patients with larger herniations are less likely to improve with conservative treatments, and typically do better with surgery. Patients with signs/symptoms of spinal cord compression, or those with progressive weakness of the arm/hand, or with severe pain, often do better with surgery. Patients with long-standing symptoms (more than 6 months) likely have a disc herniation that is not healing, and are less likely to have long-term relief with injections. ...Read more

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If you where my doctor, would you give me permission to go to a fitness center with 3 herniated disc in my cervical? As I said I have 3 herniated disc in cervical. I have a possible torn labrum in right shoulder. I was injured in sept of 2011.I had physical

If you where my doctor, would you give me permission to go to a fitness center with 3 herniated disc in my cervical? As I said I have 3 herniated disc in cervical. I have a possible torn labrum in right shoulder. I was injured in sept of 2011.I had physical

I: I am glad that you are trying to improve your general health condition. Gentle exercises can typically be performed by patients with other debilitating conditions. This should help your conditioning and help you overall. It is impossible to say if it could be held against you in your workers comp case. ...Read more

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Will rehab for shoulder surgery be real hard if I already have severe pain/numbness down arm from C7 herniated disc. Cervical MRI done 1 year ago.

Potentially: Patients who have severe pain from a cervical disc herniation sometimes become extremely limited in what they can do, with some saying that they have pain when they simply cough. You may just have to give it a try and see how it goes. Another option might be to just go ahead and get your neck fixed. ...Read more

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Does a cervical herniated disk cause horrible shoulder pain?

Does a cervical herniated disk cause horrible shoulder pain?

It can: Severe shoulder pain is a common symptom seen in cervical disc herniations. There can be further radiation of pain down the arm as well. ...Read more

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Can a chiropractor permanently fix a cervical herniated disk?

Can a chiropractor permanently fix a cervical herniated disk?

Not possible but...: A herniated disc means the gel-like substance in the center of the disc has leaked out and chiropractic treatment can not possibly make than gel disappear. See http://www. Spine-health. Com/video/cervical-herniated-disc-video
However, a good chiropractor or osteopath may help reduce the pressure that gel is putting on a nerve.
Another option to consider is prolozone:
http://tinyurl. Com/h7e7yp4 ...Read more

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Can a cervical herniated disk cause throat pressure and pain?

Can a cervical herniated disk cause throat pressure and pain?

Herniated disc: In my experience that would be a very unusual finding to see throat pressure and pain associated with a cervical disc herniation. ...Read more

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If posteror cervicle foramimotomy goes well, how long before I can safely play golf. C6, c7, t1....Herniated disc?

If posteror cervicle foramimotomy goes well, how long before I can safely play golf. C6, c7, t1....Herniated disc?

This may vary based: On the size of the surgical incision but a minimum of 8 weeks, ideally 12 weeks with post op rehabilitation but discuss this with your surgeon as he may be doing the procedure with a minimally invasive technique which may allow for quicker activity resumption ...Read more

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Can a cerivcal herniated disk cause numbness and tingling in arms and legs? If so what is the best treatment?

Can a cerivcal herniated disk cause numbness and tingling in arms and legs? If so what is the best treatment?

CDH: A bilateral posterior and central herniated cervical spine intervertebral disc can cause numbness and tingling in both the arms and legs. Other symptoms may or may not be present and signs and symptoms are not always symmetric. This would be consistent with myelopathy in which case you would want surgery soon. ...Read more

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What are the main exercises to avoid with a herniated disk?

What are the main exercises to avoid with a herniated disk?

Weight lifting: In general, weight lifting. A rowing machine as well if having active symptoms. Weight lifting on a bench with smaller loads and higher reps may be ok if not reproducing pain but any dead lifts or squats should be avoided. Running is ok unless it aggravates symptoms. ...Read more

Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more