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Can you tell me what are available treatment options for herniated disk at c6-c7?

Can you tell me what are available treatment options for herniated disk at c6-c7?

There are a few: Non surgical treatment includes physical therapy, oral medications, traction and epidural steroids. Surgery includes disc arthroplasty (artificial disc placement) or fusion of the affected levels. ...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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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!

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.
Good luck. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Why would they do epidural between c7 & t1 when the herniated disc is between c3 &c4 & c4&c5?

Why would they do epidural between c7 & t1 when the herniated disc is between c3 &c4 & c4&c5?

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

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If posteror cervicle foramimotomy goes well, how long before I can safely play golf. C6, c7, t1....Herniated disc?

If posteror cervicle foramimotomy goes well, how long before I can safely play golf. C6, c7, t1....Herniated disc?

This may vary based: On the size of the surgical incision but a minimum of 8 weeks, ideally 12 weeks with post op rehabilitation but discuss this with your surgeon as he may be doing the procedure with a minimally invasive technique which may allow for quicker activity resumption ...Read more

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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?

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?

Yes indirectly: Disc degeneration is genetic trait involving type IX collegen tossing and turning in bed requires neck bridging, why 6 surgeries? Surgical outcomes for neck herniation far exceed lumbar outcomes in general the weak collagen is in every disc ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Yes: Three possibilities, one is anterior neck fusion, second is an artificial disk replacement, third is a posterior discectomy. All outpatient surgeries. The best procedure for you is dependent on the cause and the ability of the surgeon. ...Read more

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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

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

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What are symptoms of herniated disk?

What are symptoms of herniated disk?

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

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What are the tests for herniated disk?

What are the tests for herniated disk?

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

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How come I have herniated disk, but nobody else in the family has it?

How come I have herniated disk, but nobody else in the family has it?

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

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Could a herniated disk be deadly to you?

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

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Can a 14 year old have a herniated disk?

Can a 14 year old have a herniated disk?

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

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Can my symptoms sound like a herniated disk?

Can my symptoms sound like a herniated disk?

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

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Recovery time from surgery for herniated disk?

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

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How do I get pain relief from a herniated disk?

How do I get pain relief from a herniated disk?

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

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Long term effects of herniated disk if untreated?

Long term effects of herniated disk if untreated?

Most get better: Without any long term issues although there is a risk of another herniation over your lifetime at a 5% risk. ...Read more

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How bad is a herniated disk anx how is it treated?

How bad is a herniated disk anx how is it treated?

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

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Does neural foramina narrowing cause herniated disk?

NO: A herniated disc may protrude and compress nerve root that causes foraminal narrowing. ...Read more

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What does an epidermal shot do to a herniated disk:?

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

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If I had surgery for a herniated disk, will it return?

If I had surgery for a herniated disk, will it return?

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

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When is surgery definitly needed for a herniated disk?

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

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Is it okay to keep bodybuilding with a herniated disk?

Is it okay to keep bodybuilding with a herniated disk?

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

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Any over-the-counter help for someone with herniated disk?

Any over-the-counter help for someone with herniated disk?

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

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What is the recovery time from surgery on a herniated disk?

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

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What surgery is used to treat a double layer herniated disk?

No such medical term: Nevwr heard of a diagnosis with that title. ...Read more

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How soon could one return to work after herniated disk surgery?

Quickly: For sedentary type work activities you could return within 1 to 2 weeks. ...Read more

Dr. Edward Hellman
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Lumbar (Low Back) Herniated Disk (Definition)

A herniated disk is a medical condition in which the gel like disk between the bones of the spine squeezes out of its center position. ...Read more