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Herniated A Disc
Avoid heavy lifting: What exercises one performs with a disherniated disc depends on the current symptoms and signs caused by the disc problem. Generally speaking, i limit heavy lifting, especially overhead. The high-impact nature of running and jumping can also cause problems. Light weight training, especially focused on core & lower body, plus cardio such as elliptical & stationary biking are usually well tolerated. ...Read more
Depends: By definition, if you have spinal stenosis in the neck due to the disc herniation and is causing problems, see a spine specialist to discuss your options. Epidural steroid injections may relieve the pain, but the disc will take time to heal. If its getting worse or your are noticing weakness see a surgeon to discuss your options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes : 75% are better nonop within 2 to 12 weeks from onset of leg pain. 90% get better without surgery. However , lifestyle changes are important to minimize recurrent problems: not smoking, regular exercise and weight control. If you need surgery, 90% do well, too especially if they follow the same advice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily: Slipped/herniated discs are quite common and many people function normally. Unfortunately, some experience debilitating pain which cannot be adequately treated etc..And thus not able to work. If your job is relative light and you don't have much problem with pain, no reason to stop working. Make sure you keep your back strong/healthy--regular strengtehing exercise. Consult your doc.. Good luck. ...Read more
Nucleoplasty for herniated neck discs. How long will effect last? How long is recovery time after that? Can make spine unstable? Complication? Risk?
This is a technique: That is relatively uncommon as most discs indicated for this procedure get better with non operative care. This was initially developed for lumbar discs and is risky for the cervical spine for multiple reasons with little evidence to support its use in the cervical spine. ...Read more
Try low impact: Reducing calories can produce weight loss, but exercise makes it a bit easier. Exercise that does not "jar" or load the back will usually be more comfortable and may also help you feel better. Often water exercise can help a person burn calories with low back stress (swimming, water walking, water aerobics). Other options include elliptical machines, bicycling, perhaps walking. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Second Opinion: I suspect that you meant 5 millimeters, not centimeters. The need for surgery is dependent on many things. Are you having neurologic problems such as weakness, numbness or pain. Is the condition something that you can resolve with nsaids, rest, massage, and so forth. If in any doubt discuss this with a different surgeon than the one who is suggesting surgery. Hope this helps and good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Weakness and pain.: Usually a herniated disk causes pressure to be put on nerves of that area, causing pain. Cervical disk problems can be localized by a patterrn of motor weakness, and areflexia. This can be seen at the shoulder(c5), biceps(c6), triceps/finger and wrist extensors(c7), finger flexors(c8). Mri is great to comfirm the diagnosis, but it is expensive. See a good neuro. Doctor first. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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