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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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