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Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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Is it okay to play sports after herniated disc surgery?

Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
11 years in practice
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Is it okay to play sports after herniated disc surgery?

Yes you can.: Yes, following full recovery from surgery --- which can take anywhere from 4-weeks to 2-3 months, you will then be able to resume your sporting activities following herniated disc surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Smith
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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Herniated Disk (Definition)

Herniated disk is also known as Bulging disk. Herniated disk is a medical condition in which the gel like disk between the bones of the spine squeezes out of its center position. Because nerves run in the spine right next to the disk, a herniated disk can compress a nerve and cause symptoms such as low back ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Dowling
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
35 years in practice
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Is it possible to still play sports after herniated disk surgery?

Dr. Thomas Dowling
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
35 years in practice
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Is it possible to still play sports after herniated disk surgery?

Yes generally after : Twelve weeks postop and with appropriate rehabilitation and clearance from your surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Smith
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Dr. Will Moorehead
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
47 years in practice
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Can you still play contact sports after herniated disk surgery?

Dr. Will Moorehead
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
47 years in practice
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Can you still play contact sports after herniated disk surgery?

YES: Many years ago joe montana proved that with a proper diagnosis, properly planned treatment protocol that included spinal surgery and aggressive physical rehabilitation a top athelet can return to the highest level contact sports! ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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Can you still play sports after you have herniated disk surgery?

Dr. Thomas Dowling
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
35 years in practice
15M people helped
Can you still play sports after you have herniated disk surgery?

Yes: Most sporfs are acceptable if one has a good result and is rehabed and continuing with an exercise priogram but ine should avoid raquet sports and a modern golf swing and learn a traditional golf swing. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Is it safe to play sports after herniated disk surgery?

Dr. Thomas Dowling
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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Is it safe to play sports after herniated disk surgery?

Yes: Yes, even football players do return to their sport. Generally, one wants to wait about 12 weeks post operatively and also go through some rehabilitation and conditioning before returning to sports. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
Board Certified, Pain Management
12 years in practice
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What to do if I have a herniated disc. would it be a bad idea to play contact sports?

Dr. Qamar Khan
Board Certified, Pain Management
12 years in practice
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What to do if I have a herniated disc. would it be a bad idea to play contact sports?

Weeks to Months: Generally most people can get relief from herniated disk pain doing the conservative care within 3-6 weeks. If it persists after that, it can take up to 6 months to heal by itself. You may still be a candidate for epidural steroid injections that may help relieve the pain while your body heals itself. You may make things worse with the contact sports. Recommend at least feeling better first. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Smith
Board Certified, Neurology
49 years in practice
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Is it ok to still have pain and numbness after herniated disc surgery?

Dr. Edward Smith
Board Certified, Neurology
49 years in practice
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How long, how much?: Nerve dysfunction including numbness, weakness and pain may not resolve immediately after surgery. This depends on factors such as age, length of time nerve pressure was unrelieved pre-op, severity of compression, co-morbities (your pre-existing health issues) length of time from surgery--it may take months to improve. Warning new symptoms post-op always require re-evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Alexandre de Moura
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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How long does herniated disc pain last after surgery?

Dr. Alexandre de Moura
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
26 years in practice
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How long does herniated disc pain last after surgery?

Usually not long: If you had a disc herniation and subsequently underwent spinal surgery for leg pain, then that pain should resolve immediately after the surgery. You may have some minor tingling and minor discomfort, however the true sciatic type pain should resolved relatively quickly after a lumbar discectomy. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas A. McNally
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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What is the recovery time after a surgery to repair a pinched nerve due to a herniated disc?

Dr. Thomas A. McNally
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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What is the recovery time after a surgery to repair a pinched nerve due to a herniated disc?

Weeks: Usually outpatient or less than 23 hours in hospital. Return to light work within a few weeks and return to heavy labor in 6 to 8 weeks, sometimes longer. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
Board Certified, General Surgery
26 years in practice
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I just got surgery a week ago for a herniated disc. How long after a surgery like that are you alowed to drink alcohol?

Dr. David Earle
Board Certified, General Surgery
26 years in practice
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Be careful : Don't drink alcohol with narcotic pain medication. When no longer taking narcotics, ok to resume in moderation. ...Read more

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