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Herniated Disk C7
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
Herniated disks c5-c6 & c6-c7, surgery 10 yrs ago, 48 years old, was a good athlete - any suggestions on a workout/stretching plan? Thank you!
Try and see:
You could anything your body will accept with comfort, avoid overhead lifting because it may bother your neck.
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I've a herniated disc @ c6/c7 in august '11. Lost all strength in right triceps. Tricepts getting stronger now. How long can full recovery take?
Can take months: If you lost all your strength, the nerve was really pinched. If you recover fully it will take months. Do not stop exercising and strengthening the muscle because once you atrophy that muscle it will become difficult to get full strength back. You may need to get an EMG study done to see the extent of damage if you are not better and may even need a dedicated OT/PT program. ...Read more
Anatomy: There are 2 different types of epidural injections in the cervical spine: transforaminal and inter laminar. Inter laminar injections are given near the midline of the neck They are typically given either at c6-7 or c7-T1 because there is much more space for the cord at that level and the injection will typically spread up to the other levels like C3-5. More danger to do interlaminar at c3-5. ...Read more
If posteror cervicle foramimotomy goes well, how long before I can safely play golf. C6, c7, t1....Herniated disc?
I have been hurting for 5 years and now after my 6th surgery, lumbar fusion L4-L5--S1and now just woke up with a herniated disc, C6-C7 connected?
Pain in right shoulder blade with radiation down the arm to the fingers w/weakness. I have a C7 herniated disc. Wondering if this could be from that?
Stop Wondering.: There is a good chance that your symptoms are due to the C7 herniated disc. You would do well to visit a specialist for available treatment options. ...Read more
Can you tell me how can they fix a C7 t1 herniated disc pinching a C8 nerve root, lots of pain in hands and arms?
Does a pinched nerve C7 pressured on the root by a herniated disc will damage muscles that it support in the arm and hand?
It can: Severe nerve injury can lead to the muscles wasting away from disuse and lack of neural input. ...Read more
What causes tingling numbness I legs, knees and feet? Alsobottom of feet ache. Left worse than right. I do have bursitis in hips and C7 herniated disc
Many possible causes: There are many possible causes of numbness in your legs and feet. I know nothing of your health but diabetes can cause this, vitamin B12 deficiency, herniated disc issues, local nerve entrapment, or what is called idiopathic peripheral neuropathy. This warrants evaluation by your physician. ...Read more
Depends: Believe it or not many herniated discs cause no symptoms at all. If the herniation irritates or compresses a nearby spinal nerve root, people will often report back and leg pain on the side of the herniation. Depending on which disc herniates, the pain can occur on the front, side or back of the thigh and leg and can go down into the foot. Some people will have weakness and numbness. ...Read more
The best. ..: Most are diagnosed through a clinical evaluation with testing done to confirm the diagnosis as the number of disc herniations found in patients without symptoms increases with age. Knowing that, MRI is probably the best imaging test followed by a ct. A myelogram-ct is excellent as well with a contrast MRI the best test for people with prior back surgery to distinguish post op scar from a disc. ...Read more
How do you know?: Disc herniations are fairly common & can be found in people with no symptoms, over 20% as we get to middle age. Disc herniations due not have to be genetic but disc disease in general can run in families. They are also found more in smokers (2x) more frequent than in non smokers. ...Read more
No: Unless there is something extremely off, such as herniation due to infection or something vastly out of the norm. That being said, there is the possibility of paralysis if the disc herniated to far and compressed the spinal cord fully. That is very rare, but possible. The vast majority of people will not have any serious medical, life threatening issue from a herniation, although it may painful. ...Read more
Possible/unlikely: It is possible for a 14 year old to have a herniated disc but it is very unlikely. If however, a 14 year old had some trauma to the spine than a traumatic herniated disc is a possibility. ...Read more
Lets see: Pain typically begins in the spinal area then may spread to the hand or foot with coughing or certain movements. It depends on the location of the herniation and which direction it hernated (firward, back, to the side toward a nerve root) later the spine discomfort may abate leaving only radicular (nerve root pain, limb weakness or muscle twitching and atrophy. ...Read more
Usually 6-10 weeks.: Usually 6-10 weeks. People heal in different time frames. During the healing process, I advise patients to avoid heavy lifting or strenuos activity. I do encourage them to begin a walking program. Check out spine-health. Com. Good luck. ...Read more
Treating back pain: Herniated disk can be painful. To help with this physical therapy and pain medication but since it is chronic I would suggest acupuncture, feldenkrais therapy and improving your core strength. If it gets worse, they may recommend epidural injections and evaluation by a specialist. ...Read more
Injections: Epidural Steroid injections helps most people with documented herniations that are the source of there sciatica type pain. That said the question is how long will you get relief for and there is no real good answer for that. Some people can get relief for months and others it can be days/weeks. We notice most people get relief for a longer time if at least 2 injections are planned. ...Read more
Reduce nerve inflamm: Epidural injection reduce inflammation of a target nerve root the disc material shrinks and resolves on it own, smaller disc less pressure natural resolution steroid shots makes this process more tolerable by calming the nerve down that's how I think about explains the observation of natural recoveries over two years time. ...Read more
Unfortunately, yes.: Unlike wear and tear on knees, hips and shoulders, there are no adequate replacement parts for spines. Disc surgery only changes your spine but does not "fix" it. Even fusion surgery does not fix the problem, but only is an attempt to change the structure of your spine. The current "replacement discs" are not an adequate substitution for the original cushion. Be evaluated by a pain specialist. ...Read more
Definite indications: 2 indications are a disc herniation leading to myleopathy or cauda equina syndrome. A myleopathy is compression of the spinal cord leading to its dysfunction and cauda equina syndome is bowel/bladder control issues due to those nerves being compressed. Otherwise, disc surgery is for those who fail non op care or may be having intractable pain or a progressive deficit in terms of weakness. ...Read more
It is OK:
You can have a herniated disk without knowing it. Herniated disks sometimes show up on spinal images of people who have no symptoms of a disk problem. If you have symptoms, there are many simple actions you can take right at home to help treat and reduce back/neck pain from a herniated disc.
Rec.: consult with your treating physician for more information and proper pt. ...Read more
Pain meds: There is, unfortunately, no pill to fix a herniated disk. However, over the counter nsaids (ex: ibuprofen) can help with the pain. If you do not want to or are not eligible for surgery, you can always visit a physiatrist (rehab medicine doctor). They will be able to help manage your herniated disk and associated symptoms without surgery. ...Read more
Same day low back: A microdisectomy or a minimally invasive version are typically same day surgeries with return to all activities by 3 months for best results according to studies but most activities by 2 weeks depending on conditioning and health status. For cervical, this is usually done with a fusion but all activities around same time period as lumbar but no contact sports usually with a fusion, . ...Read more
No such medical term: Nevwr heard of a diagnosis with that title. ...Read more
Quickly: For sedentary type work activities you could return within 1 to 2 weeks. ...Read more