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Doctor insights on: Herniated Disc Treatment Options

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Could chiropractic treatment help with degenerative lumbar disc disease?

Could chiropractic treatment help with degenerative lumbar disc disease?

Yes: Working with a chiropractor is a common conservative treatment option. Check out spine-health.Com. ...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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What are treatment options for lumbar spinal stenosis?

What are treatment options for lumbar spinal stenosis?

Several: There are nonsurgical treatments that may heal some cases- usually a combination of medication, physical therapy, and epidural injections. If surgery is eventually required, there are several procedures that are done. These will be described by the consulting neurosurgeon. See http://www.Uptodate.Com/contents/lumbar-spinal-stenosis-treatment-and-prognosis?Source=search_result&search=lumbar+spin. ...Read more

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What are treatment options for degenerative disc issues?

What are treatment options for degenerative disc issues?

Non Op and Operative: Try to increase core strength to offload the discs. May require non-operative modalities including pt, exercise, massage. If this also fails may ultimately require operative intervention. Surgery is last resort. ...Read more

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Best treatment for degenerative disc disease?

Best treatment for degenerative disc disease?

A sequence: Degenerative discs leak fluid which sets up a significant inflammation with pain and sometimes dysfunction of sensory and functional nerves. Treatment includes rest, ice (not heat) and good physical therapy along with nsaids. Steroid injections can sometimes help. If the condition persists more than 3 months, surgery is sometimes needed. ...Read more

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Are there any non-invasive treatment for cervical herniated discs (degenerative disc disease)?

Are there any non-invasive treatment for cervical herniated discs (degenerative disc disease)?

Yes: Physical therapy, cervical traction, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, chiropractic care, cervical epidural steroid injections are common options. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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What are cervical spine stenosis treatments? What are treatment options for cervical spine stenosis?

Depends: Some with stenosis have no symtoms, so no treatment is needed. If there are symptoms or signs of myelopathy (hand/arm numbness, tingling, clumbsiness, loss of dexterity, balance problems) a spine surgeon can enlarge the space for the spinal cord. The technique would depend on the shape of your neck, the number of narrow places, surgeon preference (among other things). ...Read more

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How effective are disc replacement options in lumbar spine? Cervical spine?

See below: They are safe and effective and have similar results as the clasSic ACDF their advantages over the fusion are theoretical in my opinion the Acdf has a 95% chance at relieving arm pain neither are neck pain procedures , both do a good job relieving arm pain from pinched neck nerves early adopters of new technology can be surprised by outcomes since they are not as well studied without long term ...Read more

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Is disk herniation surgery effective?

Is disk herniation surgery effective?

Yes: Your surgeon will help you decide when it is needed. In most instances, after non-operative care has been tried and failed, discectomy is very effective at improving leg pain. ...Read more

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Herniated disc, slipped disc pinched nerve, treatment?

Herniated disc, slipped disc pinched nerve, treatment?

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 more

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Any treatment options for disc protruding ?

Any treatment options for disc protruding ?

This is a mri findin: Finding not a diagnosis many are completly asymptomatic and require no treatment at all what symptoms have you attributefd to this MRI finding? ...Read more

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What are permanent treatment options for lumbar disc diseases, like disc dehydration, bulging, and tear?

What are permanent treatment options for lumbar disc diseases, like disc dehydration, bulging, and tear?

Sorry!: At this time, nothing will reverse these processes. Some of this is genetic and some is aging. Your best approach is to stay active, exercise regularly, get your rest, avoid unhealthy habits (smoking, over-eating). ...Read more

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Herniated disk, scoliosis, degenerative disk disease and sciatica. In pain what's the best treatment?

Herniated disk, scoliosis, degenerative disk disease and sciatica. In pain what's the best treatment?

Start w conservative: Start w conservative treatment including physical therapy, epidural injection at the site of the nerve root irritation, and bracing as needed for pain relief. Core strengthening is very important. Surgery may be needed if all else fails. A good physical exam, history, and review of various imaging studies go into deciding what surgery you may need. Please keep us updated. ...Read more

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Homeopathy good for disk herniation and disk bulging?

Homeopathy good for disk herniation and disk bulging?

Yes, can help: Conventional treatment of disk bulging and herniation is often non-surgical and conservative, unless there are clear signs of worsening neurological function. Homeopathic treatment with an experienced practitioner may yield helpful results -- sometimes avoiding need for surgery. There are nearly 300 homeopathic remedies known for sciatica. Homeopathic doctors: http://www.Homeopathyusa.Org/. ...Read more

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What are some treatment options for cervical degenerative disc disease?

What are some treatment options for cervical degenerative disc disease?

Meds/Shots/Surgery: First line--medications (advil, aleve, (naproxen) etc.--avoid opiates if you can!) as needed for pain relief, ergonomic adjustments at work (good seating posture/distance from computer, etc.), gentle neck exercises. Second-line: steroid+/- Lidocaine injections for pain not controlled with medications. These injections last from a few weeks to several months. Third line: neck surgery. The results are mixed! ...Read more

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Treatment for spinal stenosis?

Treatment for spinal stenosis?

None to surgery : Up to 20% of the population will have stenosis by imaging studies by age 60. A lot have little to minimal symptoms. Treatment can include: medication, exercise/physical therapy, zero degree lordosis brace, epidural steroid injections & if all treatment fails & symptoms warrant it, surgery in terms of decompressing the neural elements by a laminectomy in the lower back & several options in neck. ...Read more

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What treatment for neck disc problem?

What treatment for neck disc problem?

See below: Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (advil, aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. If you still have pain see your physician as there are many other non-surgical treatment options. ...Read more

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What treatment is good for herniated disks?

What treatment is good for  herniated disks?

Usually no surgery: 90% of disc herniations get better without surgery. Treatment includes: activity modification, medication, physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, and time. Not all need to be done. In those that do not get better or have significant issues like a muscle weakness or symptom progression or bowel/bladder issues, surgery has a 90% success rate in a nonsmoker. ...Read more

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What treatment is recommened for herniated disks?

What treatment is recommened for herniated disks?

Conservative first: Unless you have weakness or a very large disc herniation, you should try physical therapy, medications, and epidural steroid injections first and allow the disc herniation to scar away from your nerve. Since I have not met you, i suggest you see your doctor with your films for a detailed analysis and conversation on the subject. ...Read more

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What are best the non cirurgical treatments for spinal disc herniation L5 s1?

What are best the non cirurgical treatments for spinal disc herniation L5 s1?

Back Pain Options: This back pain as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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