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Is It Better To Ice Or Put Heat On A Herniated Disc
Tough diagnosis: Work with a good physical therapist. Find musculoskeletal acupuncture such as trigger points (don't need injections, just 'dry needling'). A good hands-on osteopathic physician who does omt (omm) is key for maintaining function in a chronic situation. Finally since this is really arthritis in the spine, and has an inflammatory component, eat an anti-inflammatory diet and herbs (find online). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: If not ongoing re-injury & no chronic/other issues, cold recommended for first 48-72 hrs (no ice directly on skin, or will get cold injury--put in a towel/etc.). If arthritic, or ongoing work/injury occurring, heat may feel better, but only while on it. (don't mix heat-rubs with heating pads, they can cause burns). If severe, prolonged (>5days), or recurrent, see a dr. ...Read more
Yes/No: Surgery will remove the disc so it will not heal normally but can result in reduction in pain and resolving any lasting nerve damage due to the disc herniation. Healing on its own will take time and may keep the integrity of the disc intact which may be the best at keeping the disc as normal as possible. Healing on its own can take up to 6-9 months or longer. ...Read more
Good question: Western medicine says use ice/cold to decrease swelling and then warmth after a coupe days. Eastern medicine does not like cold at all as it causes constriction and keeps toxins local where heat increases circulation and removal of toxins. Do what makes it feel better for you. If injured, take homeopathic arnica. It helps. If it is not an injury, please be seen. ...Read more
Either?: However, it will be temporary as it takes a lot to get down into the spine which might not work. Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can yoga help a compres spinal cord or a pich nerv or can make it worse by puting pressure on it. Ding yoga until i can get an MRI on my spinal cord?
New:ice;old:heat: A "pinched nerve in the neck" covers a lot of diagnostic ground. If you have numbness and/or tingling in your arm or hand this may be a cervical neuropathy caused by a nerve impinged as it exits the cervical(neck) vertebral hole(foramen). A cheap and often effective treatment is home traction.It consists of an over the door pulley and halter. ...Read more
Muscle injury. : Acute stage, usually with 24 hours or slightly more, use ice pad. After acute stage, use warm pad. ...Read more
To apply ice after a knee, back,&hand injury, is it safe to put ice in a towel and apply it to the injury or put ice in a plastic bag&then in a towel?
Personal choice: Ice is useful after an acute musculoskeletal injury. It you put it directly in a towel, it will melt and we the towel and perhaps your clothes or furniture. Putting the ice first in a plastic bag prevents the dripping and makes no difference to the effectiveness. ...Read more
Do what helps: Traditional wisdom is ice for first 24 hours to limit inflammation then heat after to reduce spasm and stiffness. While this approach works well for some injuries (like a sprained ankle) i don't find patients usually get much relief from the ice portion (likely less inflammation and more muscle spasm). Heat helps most people but in the end, do whatever works for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Move with sciatica: Sciatica, pain radiating from your low back/buttock to your leg is usually transient. Although recommended in the past, prolonged bed rest is now discouraged. Although sciatic pain refers to pain from a compressed sciatic nerve which would result in pain down into your foot, it frequently doesn't go down that far; the pain is often caused by muscle strain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: In most instances, herniated disc are resorbed by the body. They do not go back into place. Often what are described as disc bulging on lumbar mri's are actually bony spurs or discosteophyte complexes. They do not resorb. Kind of counter intuitive, the larger the disc herniation the faster the disc resorbs. This is thought to be because the large disc herniation stirs up a larger immune response. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Disc vs. Vertebra: A herniated disc denotes the protrusion or extrusion of the softer, inner portion of the disc located between vertebrae. On the other hand, a compression fracture consists of a degree of collapse of the vertebra itself. Pain may come about by either irritation or compression of adjacent nerve(s). ...Read more
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