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Can you tell me what is lumbar disc protrusion?

Can you tell me what is lumbar disc protrusion?

Disc not intact: Disc protusion means that the soft part of your disc is bulging through an ares of weakness of the tough outer layer. ...Read more

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Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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Lumbar (Definition)

The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more


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How do you treat and fix a small lumbar disc protrusion?

How do you treat and fix a small lumbar disc protrusion?

Treat symptoms only: Disc protrusions of any size require treatment only if they produce symptoms. Surgery is indicated for those with intractable leg pain, progressive loss of function or sensation in the lower extremity or for loss of bowel/bladder/sexual function. Medicines, stretching, mild rest, physical therapy, massage, heat, etc are indicated for everyone else. ...Read more

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What to do about impression multilevel lumbar spondylosis with broad based central disc protrusion l4-l5?

What to do about impression multilevel lumbar spondylosis with broad based central disc protrusion l4-l5?

Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the 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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MRI results for spinal lumbar.Is it common to have mild/moderate facet osteoarthritis?small posterior disc protrusion mild loss of disc height?im 30!!

MRI results for spinal lumbar.Is it common to have mild/moderate facet osteoarthritis?small posterior disc protrusion mild loss of disc height?im 30!!

Review with doctor: You are 30 and female. You have findings on your MRI. You want to know if they are common. The best advice is to review with your doctor. First discuss why the MRI was ordered. It is uncommon to order an MRI for a healthy 30 year old female. Then review what was found and if this follows the clinical findings. A test supports the history that you provide. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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MRI report says - 1. Straightened lumbar spine curvature 2. posterior central disc protrusion at L4 -L5 level causing indentation of thecal sac ?

MRI report says -  1. Straightened lumbar spine curvature 2. posterior central disc protrusion at L4 -L5 level  causing indentation of thecal sac

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Herniation and spasm: One way to describe those findings is you have a herniated disc likely associated with spasm. When paraspinal muscles go into spasm, the lumbar spine straightens out somewhat losing its normal contour. I would not hesitate to be seen to discuss treaent options. ...Read more

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Mri: moderate disc protrusion l5,annular tear,moderate facet joint hypertrophy entire lumbar spine,grade1 spondylolisthsis l5,L1L2 and L5S1 spur, bad?

Mri: moderate disc protrusion l5,annular tear,moderate facet joint hypertrophy entire lumbar spine,grade1 spondylolisthsis l5,L1L2 and L5S1 spur, bad?

Depends on symptoms: Multiple level degenerative changes at a young age need careful disgnostics and evaluation. Need to know target symptoms, these findings can be asymptomatic. ...Read more

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How common are lumbar disc bulges - Is it "normal" to have them? What causes them? Chances of protrude more or herniate vs shrink back? doing PT

Fairly common: Lumbar disc bulges are common. Many are found incidentally are not likely to cause symptoms. Aprox 20 - 35% of adults have disc bulging on MRI. The incidence of sciatica symptoms is 2%. Some disc herniations may be resolved with conservative treatment. Some will progress. If you have persistent symptoms despite conservative therapy, then surgery maybe warranted. ...Read more

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What is a broad based disc protrusion?

What is a broad based disc protrusion?

Depends: Typically this means a slipped or herniated disc that is not focal but with a broad base of less than 25% of the entire disk. ...Read more