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I had an MRI done and was told that I have a herniated disc (l5) with some degeneration. Is this reversable or permanent? Injury happened 15 yrs ago

I had an MRI done and was told that I have a herniated disc (l5) with some degeneration.  Is this reversable or permanent? Injury happened 15 yrs ago

No: Disc degeneration is not reversible. It tends to appear as we age and is worsened by greater stress on the spine by virtue of injury, heavy labor, obesity, etc. The price we pay for getting older and maintaining an erect posture. ...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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Is a hernaited disk reversable? I have just started physical therapy. Will this fix the herniated disk or just help me to manage it?

Is a hernaited disk reversable? I have just started physical therapy. Will this fix the herniated disk or just help me to manage it?

Disc: Herniated disks are not put back into place by PT but through PT and antiinflammatories they can be managed and many patients' symptoms resolve. ...Read more

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How to heal herniated disc?

How to heal herniated disc?

Most do on their own: Most herniated disks heal on their own, but is may take 3 to 6 months. Only 2% or so will go on to surgery. Sometimes injections will reduce symptoms to the point that surgery is not necessary. Try to live as normal as possible, avoiding uncomfortable positions and activities. It is probably best to avoid heavy lifting, bending, twisting for about a month. Otherwise, stay active. ...Read more

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What is a herniated disc ?

What is a herniated disc
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Herniated Disk: The bones (vertebrae) that form the spine in your back are cushioned by small, spongy discs. When these discs are healthy, they act as shock absorbers for the spine and keep the spine flexible. But when a disc is damaged, it may bulge or break open. This is called a herniated disc. It may also be called a slipped or ruptured disc. ...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 is a herniated disc treated?

It depends: If there is potential for loss of function (muscle waisting in a limb) due to compression of the nerve root that supplies a group of muscles, if you are medically stable and considered to have good rehab potential. An experienced spine surgeon may, with your consent, offer surgery. Usually non-surgical approaches precded this by days to months (traction, physiotherapy, medications). ...Read more

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What causes a herniated disc bad?

What causes a herniated disc bad?

Pressure and: Movements of the spine. Generally speaking the more you twisting and bend at the waist while holding a heavy object the more likely you will result in a bulging or herniated disc due to the pressure inflicted on the area of the spine. ...Read more

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When will my herniated disc heal?

When will my herniated disc heal?

May take months: It is pertinent that a European study of un-operated ruptured discs showed desiccation and shrinkage spontaneously over a period of 8-10 months. ...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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Can a herniated disc be hereditary?

Can a herniated disc be hereditary?

Hard to Say: Some families have predisposition for back ailments, but hard to say if disc herniation specifically is related to genetics. ...Read more

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Comon symptoms of a herniated disc?

Comon symptoms of a herniated disc?

Back and/or Leg Pain: Sciatica is pain in the distribution of the leg as a result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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Can a herniated disc heal on its own?

Can a herniated disc heal on its own?

Yes: Start with physical therapy and core conditioning. At some point an epidural steroid injection might be helpful. If all else fails and your symptoms impact your activities of daily living, surgery can be curative. I would suggest seeing a spine surgeon with expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery if it comes to that. ...Read more

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Can ice make herniated disc pain worse?

No: Pain from a herniated disc is due to nerve root irritation. Ice is considered a pain reliever. Some nerve irritation can cause an abnormal hypersensitivity such that the cold is perceived as painful. It might be difficult for the person with herniated disc pain to differentiate that pain from the hypersensitivity associated with the cold because temperature and pain are transmitted on same nerves. ...Read more

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How long will? Herniated disc pain last?

No more than 6 month: Most herniated disk symptoms resolve with therapy, medication and time. When pain is associated with numbness, tingling and/or weakness it is essential to treat the condition before nerve damage is permanent. After oral steroids and therapy, epidural steroid injections are used to calm down the nerve irritation. If all of this fails, surgery can be used to relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a herniated disc?

MRI: Although a history and physical is the first step, an MRI is the most common imaging study used to diagnose a herniated disc. Check out spine-health. Com. ...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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What is the best way to heal a herniated disc?

What is the best way to heal a herniated disc?

Fix, Unlikely...: Core strengthening can be the source to heal the disc as good as it can. Sometimes epidural injections are needed to reduce to the pain to keep with the exercise routine. Finally, a fix would truly be surgery, in which you cut out the offending part of the disc, however it has its risks/benefits as well. ...Read more

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