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Is there a downside to having a disc removed, such as in the instance of a completely herniated disc? Can a herniated disc heal through phys. Therapy?

Is there a downside to having a disc removed, such as in the instance of a completely herniated disc? Can a herniated disc heal through phys. Therapy?

Depends: If u have associated radiculopsthy than disc excision is strongly indicated. If just back pain, then therapy is an option. Disc removal leads to less shock absorption and progressive arthritis at that level. ...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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What are some physical therapy exercises for a herniated disc?

What are some physical therapy exercises for a herniated disc?

Core strengthening: Once you get the ok to exercise from your doctor, work on strengthening your abs and back muscles which will be protective of your spine. You need to do them in a way so as to not cause pain or other injury. Best to work with a physical therapist to develop a home exercise program. ...Read more

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What is anesthesia therapy for a lower lumbar herniated disc?

What is anesthesia therapy for a lower lumbar herniated disc?

General anesthesia: If you are having surgery such as lumbar laminectomy, discectomy, and/or fusion, you will recieve general anesthesia. However, a herniated disc does not always require surgery and is dependent on your symptoms and treatments. Physical therapy, epidural steroids, and/or oral pain medications are often sufficient treatment of symptoms of a hernieated disc. ...Read more

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Herniated disc. What does this MRI report mean? I am doing physical therapy. Should I still get an epidural shot? Does massages make it worse?

Herniated disc. What does this MRI report mean? I am doing physical therapy. Should I still get an epidural shot? Does massages make it worse?

Where?: At your young age a true herniated disc in your lumbar spine that is causing both pain in your lower back and down your leg (esp. Past your knee) is a signifigant problem.Physical therapy, nsaids may be helpful. See a good spine specialist (either ortho or neuro surgeon before you begin lesi's (injections).Massage can be helpful temporarily and will do no harm. Avoid 'manipulations'. Gl! ...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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Sudden onset of major pain in neck and headache following physical therapy for herniated disc and chronic radiculopathy.

Sudden onset of major pain in neck and headache following physical therapy for herniated disc and chronic radiculopathy.

See doctor: If u have a " herniated disc" and have an abrupt increase in pain in your neck or increase in your radicular pain after a p.T. Session I would contact your ors or neurosurgeon. It may indicate a worsening of the disc protrusion, possibly. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc in my neck c4-5. The ortho dr is urging me to have an epidural or at the least trigger point shots. The chiro is saying no. Is physical therapy good for this or adjustments?

I have a herniated disc in my neck c4-5. The ortho dr is urging me to have an epidural or at the least trigger point shots. The chiro is saying no. Is physical therapy good for this or adjustments?

Diagnosis first: The injections are to confirm clinically what the pain generator is he is trying to figure out what pain is coming from where, the disc causes refered pain but usually not tenderness confirming the working diagnosis for pain is alwys a good idea. ...Read more

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Herniated disk on L5 and have dull achy pain on legs especially knees. MRI showed nerve not pinched but touching disc. Have done physical therapy?

Herniated disk on L5 and have dull achy pain on legs especially knees. MRI showed nerve not pinched but touching disc. Have done physical therapy?

Incidental finding: Disc is an incidental finding that doesn't correlate clinically to your target symptoms, should be ignored better to look for another diagnosis a diagnostic injection can confirm generalized leg and knee ache atypical description for an L5 radiculopathy ...Read more

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Hv herniated disc, severe arm/neck/back pain & ortho has recommended epidural injection b4 phys therapy. Wld like other opinions if inj should be 1st?

Hv herniated disc, severe arm/neck/back pain & ortho has recommended epidural injection b4 phys therapy. Wld like other opinions if inj should be 1st?

Herniated disc: I would agree with your doctor, based on severity of the pain. If in doubt, you can always seek second opinion. ...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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Is there a homeopathic therapy for a herniated disk?

Homeopathic therapy: Dr. Dowling has provided very helpful ideas for overall management of back pain. There are also homeopathic remedies that help back pain, spasms, tension, weakness, etc - any of which you might experience with a herniated disk. The specific remedy (out of many) you need is prescribed after careful casetaking by an experienced homeopath. It can relieve symptoms and support your healing. ...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?

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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I have a herniated disk and is there a homeopathic therapy?

I have a herniated disk and is there a homeopathic therapy?

No: When disc is herniated this means this weakness of the outside ring which holds the disc. So far I do not know any homeopathic treatment or this problem. ...Read more

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Is there treatment for a herniated disc?

Is there treatment for a herniated disc?

Depends: If you've done the physical therapy and no relief, then injections like epidural steroid injections or facet joint injections may be the next treatment options. There is growing evidence that stem cell therapies can also be helpful and heal tissues but are not covered by insurance at this time. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a herniated disc?

What is the treatment for a herniated disc?

Depends: If you've done the physical therapy and no relief, then injections like epidural steroid injections or facet joint injections may be the next treatment options. There is growing evidence that stem cell therapies can also be helpful and heal tissues but are not covered by insurance at this time. ...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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What is best medicine treatment for spinal herniated disc?

Depends on symptoms: If no symptoms, do nothing. If mild symptoms anti-inflammatory medications work great (take with meals, and make sure you can take those -- clear with your primary care doctor). If symptoms is acute and very severe, you can get a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack (oral steroids) which you take over 6 days... Ask you doctor to evaluate you first. You cannot have this if you have infection or brittle diabetic, etc.. ...Read more

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If you have a herniated disc from a car accident what's your treatment?

If you have a herniated disc from a car accident what's your treatment?

Depends: Depends on how the herniated disk is bothering you. If symptoms tolerable and improve with time, simple measures (medicine, gentle exercise) will work. More severe symptoms may respond to injections or surgery. If it causes severe weakness or trouble with bladder control, surgery is usually necessary. ...Read more