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Is yoga good for helping herniated disc pain?

Is yoga good for helping herniated disc pain?

Yes: Relaxation is important when there is symptoms from a herniated disc. Yoga can help relax and this could help release any additional pressure. Important to note that often other measures are needed to relief symotoms from disc herniation. This includes injections and surgery. ...Read more

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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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Can a herniated disc heal by using an inversion table? Lumbar stretcher? Yoga?

Can a herniated disc heal by using an inversion table?  Lumbar stretcher?  Yoga?

Real question: The real question i hear you asking is can conservative treatments such as ones listed improve pain/symptoms associated with disc herniation? The answer is yes they may in some cases (depending on size/location of disc, chronicity of symptoms, and age at times).Let a specialist in conservative managent such as pain physician, physiatrist, or sports doc guide you to right treatment plan. Eval rec'd. ...Read more

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Could i put a herniated disk back into place with yoga exercises?

Could i put a herniated disk back into place with yoga exercises?

No: No but yoga can be a good low impact exercise routine. Nothing can "put a herniated disc back in place". Sometimes, over time, the disc fragment can shrink or be resorbed by the body. ...Read more

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Is it possible to put a herniated disk back into place with yoga exercises?

Is it possible to put a herniated disk back into place with yoga exercises?

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 more

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What kind of exercise is good for a herniated disc?

What kind of exercise is good for a herniated disc?

McKenzie: Talk to your therapist about mckenzie directional-preference based therapy. In most people excercises of lumbar extension help to centralize pain, but not the case in all people with disc herniations. Far lateral disc herniations tend to respond to lumbar flexion exercises better. Get formal evaluation to see what directional preference therapy best for you. ...Read more

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Are anti-inflammatories good for herniated disc pain?

Are anti-inflammatories good for herniated disc pain?

Yes, very good: The following medications are used for the pain of a herniated disc: anti-inflamatories (both steroidal and non-steroidal), analgesics, narcotics, anti-depressants, muscle relaxants, and anti-seizure medications. In term of both back pain and extremity pain, the anti-inflamatories work the best. Adding a narcotic for a limited time is appropriate in the acute setting. ...Read more

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What are good exercises for l4-l5 herniated disc?

What are good exercises for l4-l5 herniated disc?

Careful exercise: Start by avoiding prolonged positioning ; repetitive twist or bend maneuvers. If you had physical therapy, resume exercises. Use of otc medication will help control symptoms. Cardio workouts may help except for rowing ; maybe running. If did not have physical therapy, you may want to get a session to learn exercises. Weight control ; not smoking are key. Core exercises like yoga ; pilates. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment for herniated disc in back?

What is a good treatment for herniated disc in back?

First, lifestyle : Changes in terms of not being a smoker, staying trim, regular exercise (emphasis on core strength ) & regular sleep habits. Most are treated non op with back support, pt, medication & pain management options which could include: epidural steroid injections, 90% are treated without surgery and if surgery is needed 95% success rate when leg pain worse than back pain and a nonsmoker. ...Read more

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Can massage therapy be good for L5 s1 3mm retrolisthesis where I have a herniated disc? Is a tens device better therapy?

Can massage therapy be good for L5 s1 3mm retrolisthesis where I have a herniated disc? Is a tens device better therapy?

Both can help: Massage will help with some of the sore muscles that are aggravated by the irritated nerves and the tens unit is very good for pain control by something called "gate theory", both modalities work in different ways and both can be of benefit. Physical therapy is the best for this though, so keep that up! strengthening the supporting musculature and core will help stabilize the slip and herniation. ...Read more

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Yoga (Definition)

The term yoga comes from a sanskrit word which means yoke or union. Traditionally, yoga is a method joining the individual self with the divine, universal spirit, or cosmic consciousness. Physical and mental exercises are designed to help achieve this goal, also ...Read more