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Healing Time For Herniated Disc
6mm herniated disc,L4-L5. Lower back pain and now into hip. Is steroid normal initial treatment. What's best, very painful at times.
Therapy Usually fist: if the herniation is posterolateral, then epidural or foraminal steroid injection(s) is a possible answer. But your symptoms suggest that the herniation is more central. In case of lateral herniation, the pain would go down to the top of your thigh and your knee( L4 nerve root caught at L4-5). So I think you should try low back strengthening, traction, or a McKenzie certified therapist first! ...Read more
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
Depends: If you've done the physical therapy and no relief, then injections like epidural steroid injections or facet joint injections may be the next treatment options. There is growing evidence that stem cell therapies can also be helpful and heal tissues but are not covered by insurance at this time. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: If you've done the physical therapy and no relief, then injections like epidural steroid injections or facet joint injections may be the next treatment options. There is growing evidence that stem cell therapies can also be helpful and heal tissues but are not covered by insurance at this time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
First, lifestyle : Changes in terms of not being a smoker, staying trim, regular exercise (emphasis on core strength ) & regular sleep habits. Most are treated non op with back support, pt, medication & pain management options which could include: epidural steroid injections, 90% are treated without surgery and if surgery is needed 95% success rate when leg pain worse than back pain and a nonsmoker. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My herniated disc pain seems to start getting better then gets worse. This cycle continues. Is this a normal healing progression?
Herniated Disk Pain: Intermittent pain from a herniated disk is common, but not generally due to a healing process. Discogenic pain usually worsens when standing or sitting and improves when lying down. It is commonly activity-related, worsening by motion and relieved by rest. This is probably why your disc pain waxes and wanes. ...Read more
Depends on symptoms: If no symptoms, do nothing. If mild symptoms anti-inflammatory medications work great (take with meals, and make sure you can take those -- clear with your primary care doctor). If symptoms is acute and very severe, you can get a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack (oral steroids) which you take over 6 days... Ask you doctor to evaluate you first. You cannot have this if you have infection or brittle diabetic, etc.. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Depends on how the herniated disk is bothering you. If symptoms tolerable and improve with time, simple measures (medicine, gentle exercise) will work. More severe symptoms may respond to injections or surgery. If it causes severe weakness or trouble with bladder control, surgery is usually necessary. ...Read more
Herniated disc: If you have a confirmed herniation with an MRI, the first line of treatment is usually a steroid injection around the nerve performed by a qualified pain physician. You may require more than one, but no more than three in a year. If the herniation is large and you have weakness, surgery is the best option. Along with these treatments, you may be given an antiinflammatory medication as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've been having pain from my L5 herniated disc for about a year now. What is the best treatment?
Lumbar disk : The decision to have surgery for a disc problem is divided into leg and back pain. A discectomy is done for leg pain while a fusion may be indicated for back pain related to the disc. Studies suggest the long term (2year) outcome can look similar whether surgery or rehab is chosen. The main indication for surgery is the inability to tolerate the severity of pain. ...Read more
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