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How do you get a spinal fracture?

How do you get a spinal fracture?

Usually from some: Type of injury like a fall or by getting hit by something or someone ranging from sports to a car accident. Sometimes the fracture occurs without trauma with an underlying problem occuring within the bone such as from a tumor, an infection, secondary to use of certain medications or even due to poor diet, smoking, malabsorption problems, metabolic condtions like osteoporosis or thyroid issue. ...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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How do you get a pinched nerve?

How do you get a pinched nerve?

Usually muscle: At your age (21 yrs) usually muscle tension and swelling will "pinch" the nerve after trauma. ...Read more

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How do you get over a lumbar strain?

How do you get over a lumbar strain?

Time: Time is the best remedy will resticting or modifying activities and applying local treatment such as heat with resumption of careful exercise. ...Read more

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How do I fix a herniated disc?

How do I fix a herniated disc?

Time, PT, surgery: Most herniated discs do not need to be fixed. They are not symptomatic and the body will adapt to them. If there is a symptomatic herniated disc, it will likely heal on its own. If persistent, mckensie pt can help. In rare cases of persistent leg pain with a herniated disc, surgery is the best way to remove the offending fragment. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a herniated disc?

How to know if I have a herniated disc?

MRI: Although a history and physical is the first step, a MRI is the most common imaging study used to diagnose a herniated disc. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what do you do for a herniated disc in your back?

Can you tell me what do you do for a herniated disc in your back?

Careful exercise: Start by avoiding prolonged positioning ; repetitive twist/bend maneuvers. If had physical therapy, resume exercises. Use of otc medication will help control symptoms. Cardio workouts may help except for rowing ; maybe running. If did not have pt, may want to get a session to learn exercises. Weight control ; not smoking are key. Time is biggest healer-90% better without surgery. ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve a herniated disc?

What can I do to relieve a herniated disc?

Various Ways: Good thing is that you may successfully manage symptoms from herniated discs with conservative options including anti-inflammatories (if not medically contra-indicated for you), physical therapy, spinal injections. Only few will need surgery for persisting symptoms or for progressive neurologic deficit or changes in bowel or bladder function. ...Read more

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How would you know if you have a spinal ruptured disk?

How would you know if you have a spinal ruptured disk?

Symptoms: Typically this issue is accompanied by radiating arm or leg pain possibly weakness or pins and needles. See your doctor, you may need an mri. ...Read more

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How to you treat a herniated disc?

How to you treat a herniated disc?

Many different ways: We usually combine physical therapy with pain management. You may need an MRI of your spine to look at the slipped disk if you are not getting better. At times a focal pain injection or even surgery is needed to improve the pain. ...Read more

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Help docs! How to tell if I have a herniated disc?

Help docs! How to tell if I have a herniated disc?

Need MRI Eval: You need to be see by your doctor to order an MRI to really evaluate this. ...Read more

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How do you treat a bulging disc?

How do you treat a bulging disc?

Too vague: Bulging disks are natural. We as surgeons do not treat bulging disks unless they are causing nerve irritation. In these cases we start with therapy, and progress treatment depending on response. The most invasive treatment is disk decompression which is surgical. I would suggest you see a spine specialist if you have a specific spine or nerve complaint. ...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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What happens if I do not get treatment for herniated disk?

What happens if I do not get treatment for herniated disk?

You save money and: You have a 90% chance of getting better on your own, the same success as if i were treating you non operatively although i could make you more comfortable physically and mentally while your body healed itself as well as giving you advice as to how to minimize its recurrence. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for herniated disk?

What do you recommend for herniated disk?

Proper evaluation: This needs an appropriate evaluation. How much damage is it causing. A few need immediate emergency surgery while most need appropriate physical therapy. In some cases injection of corticosteroids in the back in a location called the epidural space between the spinal cord and the vertebrae, this is done to decrease swelling around the disk to decrease pain and let the herniation resolve. ...Read more

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How do I know if I am getting better from a herniated disk injury?

How do I know if I am getting better from a herniated disk injury?

Symptoms are better: If you are better, there should be less pain, numbness or weakness, and less limitations on daily activities. Your MRI scan may or may not be better, but as long as symptoms are being reduced, you are getting better. ...Read more

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What you should do for a bulging disk?

What you should do for a bulging disk?

" bulging disk": Initial treatment for symptomatic bulging disc is conservative (eg physical therapy, non-opioid analgesics, etc.) and also addresses preventative measures. Depending on severity of the symptoms, injections for pain control may be utilized. For more severe cases, surgery may be indicated. The course of treatment is determined by symptoms and objective findings. ...Read more

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Can you get spinal surgery if you three herniated discs?

Can you get spinal surgery if you three herniated discs?

Yes : Having three disk herniation a does not exclude you from surgery. However it is quite rare that all three would need surgery. Best to get 2-3 opinions on this before having spinal surgery. ...Read more

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What to do for herniated disks?

What to do for herniated disks?

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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How do they decide if you need surgery for a herniated disc?

Refractory symptoms : Herniated disk surgery should only be considered in the presence of all 3: a)mri evidence of a herniation that is visibly pinching a nerve b)symptoms of a pinched nerve that anatomically corresponds well with MRI evidence c)meds, pt, and epidural injections are first considered. A good predictor of successful surgical outcome is increased nerve pain with nerve tension on exam(straight leg raise). ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Lewis
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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