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How long after a disc bulges should I wait before I exercise again?

How long after a disc bulges should I wait before I exercise again?

Varies: Mostly because it is unclear if a disc bulge is really the cause of pain. Back pain can be from many sources and is usually not from disc pathology. If a disc is involved, you can still exercise but may need tomodify your activities. See a pt or an osteopath for more details but remember to always start slow after an injury. ...Read more

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Will exercise help a bulging lumbar disc?

Will exercise help a bulging lumbar disc?

Low impact: The best exercises for a bulging disc are low impact. You want to avoid axially loading the spine and increasing pressure on the disk. Water exercises such as swimming, stationary biking, or walking are safe. If symptoms increase, back off the exercises and see your physician to ensure that indeed it is a bulge and not a disc herniation. ...Read more

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Does exercise help a bulging lumbar disc?

Does exercise help a bulging lumbar disc?

Back strengthening: As one who has a bulging disc (and no surgery), back strengthening exercises are very important to help stabilize the back. I recommend the "superman" exercise: lying on your stomach, stretch your arms out like you're flying through the air like superman. For 5 seconds, raise your right arm and shoulder, and left leg and hip off the floor, then repeat on the other side. Do this 12x on each side. ...Read more

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Bulging disc not able to do any abdominal exercise, what to do?

Bulging disc not able to do any abdominal exercise, what to do?

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 more

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I read bouncing on exercise ball will help disc heal. Is that true for a degenetated & bulging disc?

Unproven So Far: There is no scientific data to support that theory, however, conservative modalities such as physical therapy and epidural steroid injections have been able to help. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask! deuk spine institute. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to heal, after having surgery for two bulging discs?

Depends: Depends completely upon the type of surgery anticipated. Understand, your terminology may be different than your surgeon's. Disc bulge, is not, in and of itself, an indication for surgery. A disc herniation with sciatica isā€”2-3 months before back to normal. Disk problem requiring fusionā€”3-6 months before back to normal. Plan on upper end of estimate for 2 levels. ...Read more

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I have bulging disc not able to do any abdominal exercise, what do you recommend?

I have bulging disc not able to do any abdominal exercise, what do you recommend?

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 more

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Is it ok to have strength exercises and physio therapy at the same time if you have a bulging disc? What kind of exercise it would be?

Is it ok to have strength exercises and physio therapy at the same time if you have a bulging disc? What kind of exercise it would be?

Back Pain: Pt with workouts is fine as you are likely working different muscles, and doing different kinds of conditioning. Mckenzie exercises are what i most often prescribe. You can by the books online: treat your own back, robin mckenzie (around $8.32). Core exercises also great: pilates, yoga, piyo, etc, and do not require a prescription. ...Read more

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How often does a l5-s1 bulging disc shrink compared to other discs? And how long does it usually take to shrink?

How often does a l5-s1 bulging disc shrink compared to other discs? And how long does it usually take to shrink?

usually they don't.: Over the many years the water content of discs decreases and they can "shrink" in size. However the co-relation of bulging and pain is poor. Many people with absolutely no pain have bulging discs which are found incidentally. ...Read more

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I may have a disc bulge in C4 or C5 how long does this usually take to heal? I have an overdoor traction how often shld I use this?

I may have a disc bulge in C4 or C5 how long does this usually take to heal? I have an overdoor traction how often shld I use this?

No "healing" here: Disc bulges of the spinal column can be found in over 40% of MRI's of folks who are entirely have no complaints of pain. There is really no "healing" that occurs with a bulging disc since nothing is really "damaged" yet. It may or may not reduce itself depending on what you do with exercises, exertional activities etc. Use the traction device as instructed by your doctor or therapist. ...Read more