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Doctor insights on: Lumbar Disc Bulge Vs Herniation

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Please tell me, could lumbar disc bulge get worse?

Please tell me, could lumbar disc bulge get worse?

Yes: Most do not get worse, but occasionally they do. Check out spine-health.Com. ...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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Why is my lumbar disc pain so much worse in the morning and how long before this stops with the exercises, How does a bulging disc become normal again?

Why is my lumbar disc pain so much worse in the morning and how long before this stops with the exercises, How does a bulging disc become normal again?

Your mattress?: If morning back ache is the major issue I would check your mattress. If it is old, replace it. If it is too soft add a 3/4 inch board of plywood between the mattress and box springs. If it is too hard, add a piece of memory foam on top of the mattress. ...Read more

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Will exercise help a bulging lumbar disc?

Will exercise help a bulging lumbar disc?

Yes: Bulging discs are seen in normal individuals. A routine exercise program can help with lower back pain. See your physician before starting any new exercise program. ...Read more

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Does exercise help a bulging lumbar disc?

Back strengthening: As one who has a bulging disc (and no surgery), back strengthening exercises are very important to help stabilize the back. I recommend the "superman" exercise: lying on your stomach, stretch your arms out like you're flying through the air like superman. For 5 seconds, raise your right arm and shoulder, and left leg and hip off the floor, then repeat on the other side. Do this 12x on each side. ...Read more

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Why did my bulging lumbar disc from 2012 never heal?

Why did my
bulging lumbar disc from 2012 never heal?

Bulging discs: will not :deflate on their own: this is an interesting clinical finding, which only requires periodic evaluation and if necessary anti inflammatory medicines, ...Read more

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Can a bulging lumbar disc in teen cause scoliosis to develop? If no, please explain thank you

Can a bulging lumbar disc in teen cause scoliosis to develop? If no, please explain thank you

No: Bulging discs are a reflection of compression.The weight of the upright spine, pull of the muscles & physical activities are reflected in changes in this rubbery material. Scoliosis is a reflection of less known factors & shows up primarily during the rapid growth of the teen years, like the spring growth of a plant.That growth has more tendency to drift away from being straight. ...Read more

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Sharp burning pain that comes and goes on lower left side of my back. Bulging lumbar disc starting to hurt againbut both at diff times. Related or no?

Sharp burning pain that comes and goes on lower left side of my back. Bulging lumbar disc starting to hurt againbut both at diff times. Related or no?

Myofascial pain: Intermittent pain in the lateral lower back is much more likely to be myofascial in origin, than it is to be related to any spinal or nerve origin. A trigger point myotherapist or a good massage therapist are the most likely sources of help. ...Read more

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Can i hit the gym? I have lumbar lordosis with a mild disc bulge and what exercises can I do in the gym.

Low back pain: Isometric exercises that strength core muscle groups are the best. Try working with a personal trainer to help avoid further injury. Common sense will dictate that if a particular exercise makes the pain worse then discontinue that aspect of the exercise program. ...Read more

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Cervical and lower lumbar intervertebral discs are dessciated, diffuse disc bulge with annular tear at l4-5 level. How can be cured?

Cervical and lower lumbar intervertebral discs are dessciated, diffuse disc bulge with annular tear at l4-5 level. How can be cured?

Integrative care: A herniated disc can cause back pain as well as foot pain by physically pressing on the nerves that travel to the foot and by irritating them through the extrusion of pro-inflammatory disc materials. Physical therapy and other conservative measures, including medication management, are considered first line treatment. If these fail, your physician may recommend epidural steroid injections. ...Read more

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Have disc bulge and pich nerve. Chiro recommended a lumbar "posture pump" for traction. Is it safe/does it really work?

Have disc bulge and pich nerve. Chiro recommended a lumbar "posture pump" for traction. Is it safe/does it really work?

Why would you go?: Are you havin pain? Musculoskeletal problems can give you neck pain (strain, joints, arthritis, pinched nerve). A disc bulge can be minor or serious. Why would you go to a chiro ? Best to see an md who can help you isolate the cause and arrive at a solution. In the mean time, stretch, heat, relaxation may help. ...Read more

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I have disc degeneration, loss of height, protrusion, spondylosis, disc bulge, mild stenosis on neck and lumbar. Can I use an inversion table?

Conservative care: Yes, I believe that all people should exhaust and utilize all conservative measures for treatment of his or her back pain first, prior to discussing surgical intervention. I tell my patients that is it is helpful then it should definately be incorporated in your treatment plan. I have had many patients say that an inversion table has helped with their neck and low back pain. ...Read more

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My lumbar spine MRI showed I have a mild diffuse disc bulge and mild facet arthropathy at L5-S1. Are those normal or common in a 31 year old woman?

My lumbar spine MRI showed I have a mild diffuse disc bulge and mild facet arthropathy at L5-S1. Are those normal or common in a 31 year old woman?

Premature Lumbar DDD: According to the website SpineHealth, by age 60, 100% of people have degeneration of the lumbar spine by age 60. In a 31 year old woman I ask are you a dancer, gymnast, waitress or warehouse worker? Are you tall, obese or sit 8 hours a day, have scoliosis or is premature DDD in your family? My book The 21st Century Upright Woman explores risk factors for lumbar spine degeneration. Age is #1! ...Read more

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65 yr fem, herniated disc of lumbar MRI show mild disc bulge from L1-L2 to L4-L5, slight degen. grade 1 retrolisthesis. Had 1 month therapy. Osteoporosis. I have severe back and left side pain. What next? acupuncture? pain mngmt? shot in back?

65 yr fem, herniated disc of lumbar MRI show mild disc bulge from L1-L2 to L4-L5, slight degen. grade 1 retrolisthesis. Had 1 month therapy. Osteoporosis. I have severe back and left side pain. What next? acupuncture? pain mngmt? shot in back?

Pain: First question - were any of these MRI findings believed to be the cause of the back and left side pain? Has an orthopedic surgeon been consulted? If not, recommend that. Depending on his/her findings - there may be a number of treatment options. Acupuncture won't fix the actual intervertebral disc problems but it can often reduce inflammation in the surrounding area & improve range of motion, ...Read more

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Most effective way to treat bulging disk in the lumbar spine?

Most effective way to treat bulging disk in the lumbar spine?

Time: Physical therapy and time to start. Most symptoms will resolve over 3-6 months. There are other more invasive treatments but i would recommend conservative treatment to start. ...Read more

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Treatment recommendations for spinal stenosis combined with 4 bulging disk in lower lumbar?

Treatment recommendations for spinal stenosis combined with 4 bulging disk in lower lumbar?

Verify actually caus: Verify that is actually causing the symptoms. Are there specific objective neurologic findings? ...Read more

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Lumbar (Definition)

Refers to something related to the area about the lower part of the ...Read more