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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 long will it take to heal from a herniated disk?

75% in 2-12 weeks: 90% of disc herniations are treated without surgery. Most get better within 12 weeks. This is why 12 weeks of non op care is recommended as most will get better or be improving during this time period. The next 15% take longer and 10% are treated by surgery. There is a 5% recurrence rate with or without surgery of another disc or same disc herniating. ...Read more

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C5 herniated disk with pinched nerve. How long does it usually take to recover if take PT 3x's wk. and recommended meds?

C5 herniated disk with pinched nerve. How long does it usually take to recover if take PT 3x's wk. and recommended meds?

Variable: A herniated ("ruptured") disk can respond nicely to physical therapy and the body's natural healing processes. In my experience it can take weeks to months. But in some cases, perhaps 10-15 percent, surgery is needed. Indications for surgery include significant weakness, numbness, persistent pain, pressure on the spinal cord, trouble walking, or failure of conservative management. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for an epidural steroid injection to alleviate the pain of a herniated disk?

How long does it usually take for an epidural steroid injection to alleviate the pain of  a herniated disk?

Steroid injection: It usually takes a few days for the steroid to be effective. There is a wide variation on the response to this injection & symptom relief. The duration of relief also varies. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for an epidural steroid injection to alleviate a herniated disk to take effect?

Steroid injection: The steroid injection takes a few days to be effective. The level of relief depends on the severity of your conditions. The duration also varies. ...Read more

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For how long does it usually take for an epidural steroid injection to alleviate a herniated disk to take effect?

For how long does it usually take for an epidural steroid injection to alleviate a herniated disk to take effect?

Tricky: An epidural steroid injection may provide immediate relief just after the procedure if a numbing medication is mixed with the steroid; this will wear off in 3-4 hours typically. The steroid takes 2-4 days to kick in, but some people don't notice it for over a week. You may get partial relief or it may be excellent, but come right back and another epidural may be needed. ...Read more

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How long does take to recover from a herniated disk?

How long does take to recover from a herniated disk?

Varies: It is highly variable. I have seen people recover in as little as a couple of months to some who take over a year to recover. There is really no way of predicting with any accuracy. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from surgery on a herniated disk?

How long does it take to recover from surgery on a herniated disk?

2-6weeks: Definition of recover vary leg pain improves within days muscular backache follows fo 6 weeks.Or longer. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from herniated disk surgery on the neck?

How long does it take to recover from herniated disk surgery on the neck?

Quick: Arm pain is gone usually within days. Sore throat and swallowing probs disappear in first week or two in most. Healing allows light activities for most in first week or two. Brace discontinued immediately if short fusion and plate/screws used; 6 weeks later if no plate. Medium activities after 6 weeks. I allow heavy activities 3-6 months postop including contact sports. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disk in my l4/l5 area how long will it take to get better been having it for 4 weeks now back doesn't really hurt just in my leg?

I have a herniated disk in my l4/l5 area how long will it take to get better been having it for 4 weeks now back doesn't really hurt just in my leg?

Can take long time: Here is the good news....According to greenburg, 50% of all things such as herniated disks or other examples of what we would refer to as "compressive neuropathies" resolve without any out side intervention. The bad news....It can take a very long time. In my case, when i got sciatica after doing legs with a buddy it took over 9 months for my back and leg feel normal again. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Lumbar (Low Back) Herniated Disk (Definition)

Herniated disk is a medical condition in which the gel like disk between the bones of the spine squeezes out of its center position. Because nerves run in the spine right next to the disk, a herniated disk can compress a nerve and cause symptoms such as low back pain, numbness and tingling. ...Read more