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Playing Sports After Herniated Disc Surgery
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
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
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
Yes generally after : Twelve weeks postop and with appropriate rehabilitation and clearance from your surgeon. ...Read more
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
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
I have a herniated disc & my surgeon told me to stop my sports activities & take 4 months therapy but I wanted to know why do I have to stop playing if I felt no pain while playing , & right now while I'm only taking therapy I feel a lot of pain ?
Disc: Stopping your exercises will allow healing to occur better while you are having therapy. Good luck ...Read more
I have a herniated disk on my lower back & I play sports my surgeon told me to stop playing for 4 months I was wondering why should I stop sports if I have no pain while playing & no pain after I play , I have pain when I'm not active so why stop?
Please repost: Perhaps to try to let the disc herniation resolve spontaneously. Please repost and include the answer your surgeon gave you to this question; or if you have not asked your surgeon - after all, (s)he's the one who told you - please state why not. ...Read more
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
Cost benefits ?:
There have been no clinical trials of laser surgery versus standard surgery. The more recent reviews of laser disc decompression show limited evidence for use of laser disc decompression. The procedure is associated with very high out of pocket cost, without clear evidence beyond patient testimonials of its extreme effectiveness.
You should speak with non-laser surgeons to get a balanced view. ...Read more
Indications: If you have a herniated disc pushing on a nerve with legs symptoms, and you have failed nsaids, pt, epidural injections, with symptoms continuing greater than 6-12 weeks, then surgery may be recommended to remove portion of the disc outside of the disc space, and by so doing remove the structure pushing on the nerve. Various minimally invasive approaches are available for this type of surgery. ...Read more
Nonoperative care: many herniations can be treated with therapy and time with eventual resolution of pain ...Read more
Refractory symptoms : Herniated disk surgery should only be considered in the presence of all 3: a)mri evidence of a herniation that is visibly pinching a nerve b)symptoms of a pinched nerve that anatomically corresponds well with MRI evidence c)meds, pt, and epidural injections are first considered. A good predictor of successful surgical outcome is increased nerve pain with nerve tension on exam(straight leg raise). ...Read more
If you are not ...: If you are not getting better after 12 weeks of care & the symptoms are such that you cannot or will not live with them & your leg pain is worse than your back pain, if you even have any back pain, ; & your exam reveals findings consistent with a disc herniation & it is demonstrated on an imaging study compressing the appropriate nerve & you are healthy enough for surgery, then you have reason! ...Read more
Are U asking if U:
Can have such surgery having no neuro symptoms at all, or are u asking if u can have this surgery with no risks of getting any neuro problems from the surgery.
Best person to provide you with these answers would be your surgeon, who has determined that you need surgery.
Good luck. ...Read more
No: Thr surgery is effective for arm or leg pain only if you have no pain or weakness you can only lose comfort with a back induction i'm puzzled why did you get a MRI for no symptoms if it's was for back pain then the MRI funding is spurious and should be considered not a symptom causer we should be getting studies without symptoms unless it is a screening test for early a symptomatic disease. ...Read more
Foot drop: From a severe herniated disc shows nerve damage, either in your spinal canal or in the roots exciting your canal. It depends how long this compression as there and the extent of the nerve damage whether or not this will come back. If caught early enough, it is possible some strength will return, but it can take up to a year to get to maximal return. Often though, it can be permanent. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with herniated disc in my lower and my doctor says i need surgery so how long is recovery?
Varies: Open discectomy a bit longer. In my practice i perform minimally invasive surgery whereby I use a 1.5-2 cm incision and dialate the muscles and use a tubular retractor (metrx). Back to work in 3-7 days, walking hours after surgery, no lifting greater than 25 lbs or axial loading maneuvers - jogging, squats, military press x 6 weeks. Folks with jobs that require significant manual labor- off 6 w. ...Read more
My father had a surgery 10 years ago at the lower back for herniated disc. Why is his left pulp vibrating non stop?
Vertebral discs: There are discs in between the bones of the spine. Sometimes they can be injured. They are similar to a tough rubber or plastic material. On the inside, there is a softer material (pulp) which can herniate out (squeeze out) when the disc is torn. A great deal of force is needed to do this- like a car accident, lifting something very heavy, playing certain sports are examples. ...Read more
Have painful herniated disc with sciatica/ bursitis.Turned down surgery for now. Should I rest or stretch and be active to heal?
Depends: First, conservative therapy is associated with longer duration pain, and physical disability at one year according to a Swiss/Canadian study recently published. The usual conservative treatment is Physical Therapy, which will typically be 'active' although certainly will have stretching associated with it. ...Read more
I had neck surgery for herniated disc they put a 2 inch titanium plate to replace disc does the screws come loose and cause pain?
It shouldn't...: But it could theoretically. An x-ray could help to tell. See your doctor, there are lots of simpler reasons for pain. ...Read more
I have an L5 s1 herniated disc. I am having surgery next week. What can I expect? How long is recovery time? Will I be able to perform daily tasks?
Back surgery: Recovery time could be 4-6 weeks or more depending on how extensive your surgery is. Every back is different, and your surgeon will determine whether you will benefit from just a microdiscectomy or whether you will require a more extensive laminectomy or even fusion. You should still be able to perform activities of daily living with necessary precautions. ...Read more
I just had a baby 4 weeks ago & since then have gotten a terrible herniated disc. Is bad that I want surgery oppose to doing conservative treatment?
No surgery yet!: Disc disease heals over 3 to 6 months in 50% of cases. Be sure that you understand these statistics. Physical therapy along with local measures can relieve your extremity pain. See your doctor right away if you have trouble voiding or if you have weakness of your extremities. ...Read more
Most often no: Herniated disc's can often be symptom free. And quite often pain from a herniated disc will resolve with time: conservative treatment is the first line: rest/nsaids/activity modifications and if not improving may consider an epidural steroid (albeit this may be effective in less than 50% of people). Surgery is reserved for failure of extensive conservative management. ...Read more
Common surgery: A lumbar microdiscectomy is a common procedure for treatment of a symptomatic herniated disc that has failed conservative care. Most patients do well. Check out Spine-health.com. ...Read more
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