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What type of doctor is needed for herniated disc?

What type of doctor is needed for herniated disc?

A spine specialist: This could be a physiatrist, orthopedic spine surgeon, neurosurgeon and sometimes even your family practicioner can help. The good news is that most disks will heal with little medical involvement required; treatment with physical therapy, anti inflammatories and sometimes spinal injections are useful to help resolve the problem. ...Read more

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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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Doctors, what are the treatments for a back herniated disc?

Doctors, what are the treatments for a back herniated disc?

Several: Treatments include non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, chiropractic care, epidural steroid injections and avoiding strenuous activities. If conservative measures fail, surgery. Check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to fix a herniated disc?

What do doctors do to fix a herniated disc?

Time & exercise: A herniated disc does not necessary require treatment. If there is associated nerve root compression/irritation then treatment may be required. Understand that 90% of pain associated with nerve root irritation will resolve with time. Otc prescription nsaids, oral steroids, heat/cold and stretching exercises will help resolve the acute pain. If not then epidural steroids may be beneficial. ...Read more

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What will the doc do for a herniated disc?

What will the doc do for a herniated disc?

Pinched Nerve: Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...Read more

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Which doc should I go see for herniated disc?

Which doc should I go see for herniated disc?

Yes: See your pcp first. You may need to get an MRI to evaluate this spine pain and possibly evaluation from spine/pain specialist. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with herniated disc in my lower and my doctor says I need surgery so how long is recovery?

Varies: Open discectomy a bit longer. In my practice I perform minimally invasive surgery whereby I use a 1.5-2 cm incision and dialate the muscles and use a tubular retractor (metrx). Back to work in 3-7 days, walking hours after surgery, no lifting greater than 25 lbs or axial loading maneuvers - jogging, squats, military press x 6 weeks. Folks with jobs that require significant manual labor- off 6 w. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc and had an epidural, doctor said it massively herniated, it has been 24 hours since the shot. Should I consider microdiscetomy?

I have a herniated disc and had an epidural, doctor said it massively herniated, it has been 24 hours since the shot. Should I consider microdiscetomy?

Not necessarily: The decision is not only based on the size of the disc. The following criteria would push you toward surgery: the presence of weakness, duration of symptoms more than 6 weeks, repeated symptoms over years, superimposed spinal stenosis, and spinal cord compression if the disc is cervical. 24 hours is not enough time to decide that the epidural has failed. ...Read more

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What type of doctor do I see for a herniated disc in my neck.?

What type of doctor do I see for a herniated disc in my neck.?

Neurosurg or ortho: Both neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons with a spine fellowship are capable to perform the diagnostic workup that includes a history, physical and MRI interpretation. Both of these specialties also understand the various conservative treatments such as chiropractic, pt, pain management, and acupuncture. Your surgeon should be able to transcend the bias to operate and provide optimal care. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor should I see for a herniated disc in my neck?

Spine specialist: Spinal specialist, could be a neurosurgeon, or orthopaedic spine surgeon. Also for conservative managment, you can also see physiatrists. But remember having herniated disc does not mean you need treatment, unless it is symptomatic. ...Read more

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Doc wants me to have spinal injection for sciatica/herniated disc. Is this just about $, why won't he try other options? I don't want injection.

Doc wants me to have spinal injection for sciatica/herniated disc. Is this just about $, why won't he try other options? I don't want injection.

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. If these are not helpful then consider the injections as possible options. ...Read more

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I may be having a lumbar herniated disc as doc said. I have been into bodybuilding for 6 months. Can I go back to bodybuilding ever?

I may be having a lumbar herniated disc as doc said. I have been into bodybuilding for 6 months. Can I go back to bodybuilding ever?

It's possible: First we don't know if you actually have a herniated disc? So the only way to be sure would be an MRI or CT of your lumbar spine. Second if you have one you may be able to continue to bodybuild base on the severity and frequency of your symptoms. There are professional athletes who have had disc problems including surgery and returned to their sport activity. ...Read more

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My doc says I have herniated disc. He can tell from symtoms. Refuses MRI request. Says treatment is same. Why do most docs do MRI for herniation?

My doc says I have herniated disc. He can tell from symtoms. Refuses MRI request. Says treatment is same. Why do most docs do MRI for herniation?

Most don't: Diagnosis can be made with near certainty from history and exam. Obtaining an MRI does nothing to treat the problem. So, if you improve as most do over the next 6-12 weeks, it will save the unnecessary cost of a $2-3000 study. Now multiply that by the number of discs seen nationally. It is unnecessary to obtain unless a reason exists otherwise. ...Read more

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Are you suppose to have a cortisone shot if you have a bulging or herniated disc? When does a doctor preform a meg what would be the reason

Are you suppose to have a cortisone shot if you have a bulging or herniated disc? When does a doctor preform a meg what would be the reason

SUPPOSED to have? No: In my opinion, cortisone shots offer limited relief to most people & the procedure often has to be repeated more than what is advertised due wearing off effects. Having said that, some people relate a lot of benefit & they're willing to live with the downsides. But just remember that the root cause of the pain is not being treated therefore, at some point you will always come back to square 1. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with a herniated disc after severe pain for only 8 days but doctors are recommending immediate surgery due to leg weakness-advice?

I've been diagnosed with a herniated disc after severe pain for only 8 days but doctors are recommending immediate surgery due to leg weakness-advice?

Good advice: If you have leg weakness in the setting of a herniated disc, urgent surgical intervention is usually warranted to prevent long term neurologic damage. ...Read more

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TX for herniated disc l5s1 told to be cortisone injections, PT, or surgery Doc says no surgery due to weight 205lbs what other treatments are there?

TX for herniated disc l5s1 told to be cortisone injections, PT, or surgery Doc says no surgery due to weight 205lbs what other treatments are there?

Herniated disc: In most cases the discomfort from a herniated disc subsides without any treatment within 6 weeks. For additional up to date treatment options consider consulting a center that only specializes in spinal disorders. Pain management specialist may also be helpful even if you opt not to receive epidural injections. Bring your MRI images along with any record of treatments you already received with you. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc at t8 and t9 and an edema at t7 putting pressure on spinal cord. I see doc friday, should I be worried and careful until then?

Thoracic disc: It is very rare for thoracic discs to suddenly cause neurologic problems... Meaning paralysis. Most often the radiology report sounds worse than the real images reveal. Make sure the orthopaedic spine surgeon puts your complaints, examination and images together to make the right recommendation. It's truly a rare indication for surgery, only if the cord is really bad.... Good luck! ...Read more

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Seven weeks ago doctor said I have a herniated disc in lower back. And sciatic nerve damage. I did theropy and it hurts worse now. No improvement?

Seven weeks ago doctor said I have a herniated disc in lower back. And sciatic nerve damage. I did theropy and it hurts worse now. No improvement?

Radiculopathy: Most herniated disks will get better on their own, however if the symptoms worsen after conservative treatment then other methods should be investigated. Surgery is an option when weakness, pain and sensory loss all correlate to the location of the disk herniation. Usually physical therapy, steroid injections and other methods are employed first. Seven weeks is not a long time. But try another way. ...Read more