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Herniated Disc Treatment Options
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 3 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
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
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
I just had a baby 4 weeks ago & since then have gotten a terrible herniated disc. Is bad that I want surgery oppose to doing conservative treatment?
No surgery yet!: Disc disease heals over 3 to 6 months in 50% of cases. Be sure that you understand these statistics. Physical therapy along with local measures can relieve your extremity pain. See your doctor right away if you have trouble voiding or if you have weakness of your extremities. ...Read more
What is the best treatment for large left herniated disc L2 l3
and pain upon sitting or lying down.
Depends on pain: Most disc herniations heal with time. Depending on pain levels, medications like antiinflammatories and muscle relaxers are often helpful. If there is severe enough pain, an epidural injection may help. About 10% to 15% of patients need surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Myofascial release: Treatments include myofascial release and targeted injections to temporarily relieve any pain and muscle spasms you may have. Stretches are tough to do as the thoracic spine is a fairly rigid structure. ...Read more
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
I am taking oral nsaids for a lumbar herniated disc conservative treatment. How long should I take them? Is there a standard duration?
After suffering from herniated disc 3 years ago, after the treatment. There is still pain in right side of my lower back, hip, and whole leg. Help.
See your surgeon: Check with your neurosurgeon. Dynamic flexion extension xrays to check for instability etc. Emg and MRI help find a residual nerve compression but your symptoms (whole leg pain) do not suggest a nerve root issue. Several patients have recommended john e. Sarno's back pain book (it is on #1 or #2 on amazon for back pain books). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What kind of treatment can I expect for a herniated disc at t7, and will I still be able to play football?
Time: 90% of thoracic disc herniations require no treatment. Tincture of time will be the number one treatment. I noticed that you are listed as 46 years of age, so what type of football are you playing? If just flag or touch football, then you can return once your symptoms have improved, but do so gradually. Make sure you tolerate running, changing directions, catching passes, etc. Before competition. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Because of a lumbar herniated disc I have to wear a rigid back brace as part of the overall conservative treatment. What is the average length for it?
What is the treatment for a herniated disc caused by a car accident that is causing leg burning numbness and leg weakness for almost 8 weeks ?
Does a herniated disc surgery for c6-c7 and c6-c5 will risk my vocal cord since I had 12 year ago X-ray treatment of right vocal cord carcinoma?
Herniated disc: The risk is low for vocal injury after anterior neck surgery. The spine surgeon will likely go from the right side of the neck since the right vocal is likely weak or paralyzed. The endotracheal tube can cause vocal nerve damage to. A preoperative evaluation of the vocal cords with an ears, nose, and throat surgeon is essential to determine the strength of the vocal cords. ...Read more
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