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Doctor insights on: Massage Safe Techniques Lumbar Disc Syndrome

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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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 is lumbar disc replaced?

Not replaced: Diseased disks are removed and the adjacent vertebrae fused. Disks are not replaced. ...Read more

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What exactly is a lumbar disc in your back?

What exactly is a lumbar disc in your back?

It is a structure: That acts like a joint by joining 2 bones together while allowing motion and weight bearing. It is 90% water at birth and dries up as we age. It has 2 distinct parts, an outer or annulus layer and an inner core, the jelly like nucleus pulposus. The annulus is similar to steel belts in a tire wrapping around forming the outer layer as a strong, tough layer that frays and cracks with age. ...Read more

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How much fluid is actually in a lumbar disc?

How much fluid is actually in a lumbar disc?

70-90%: The normal young adult disk is about 70-90% water, but it is held in the cells and other parts of the disk. Some of the molecules act like sponges to suck in and hold onto the water molecules. As we stand and sit and work throughout the day, some gets squeezed out; when we lie down and rest, those molecules suck it back in. As the disk ages, the percentage will decrease. ...Read more

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Can you have a normal life with a herniated lumbar disc?

Can you have a normal life with a herniated lumbar disc?

Yes : 75% are better nonop within 2 to 12 weeks from onset of leg pain. 90% get better without surgery. However , lifestyle changes are important to minimize recurrent problems: not smoking, regular exercise and weight control. If you need surgery, 90% do well, too especially if they follow the same advice. ...Read more

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What is lumbar disc derangement with left radiculopathy?

Sciatica: Lumbar disk has degerated and is protruding out and compressing one of the nerves causing leg pain, numbness/tingling. ...Read more

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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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What are sign and symptoms of lumbar disc prolapse?

What are sign and symptoms of lumbar disc prolapse?

Disc herniation: A prolapsed disc is another way to refer to a disc herniation. Most commonly seen on people aged 30-50 with a predominance in men. About one in 20 cases of acute low back pain are caused by a herniated lumbar disc. Other common symptoms include radiating pain, pins and needles, or numbness into the lower extremity, antalgia (painful gait), and rarely bowel or bladder dysfunction. ...Read more

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