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Dr. Brian Chimenti Dr. Chimenti
Sports Medicine
23 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Could I put a herniated disk back into place with yoga exercises?

Could I put a herniated disk back into place with yoga exercises?

No: No but yoga can be a good low impact exercise routine. Nothing can "put a herniated disc back in place". Sometimes, over time, the disc fragment can shrink or be resorbed by the body.

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Thomas A. McNally Dr. McNally
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
22 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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Is it possible to put a herniated disk back into place with yoga exercises?

Is it possible to put a herniated disk back into place with yoga exercises?

No: In most instances, herniated disc are resorbed by the body. They do not go back into place. Often what are described as disc bulging on lumbar mri's are actually bony spurs or discosteophyte complexes. They do not resorb. Kind of counter intuitive, the larger the disc herniation the faster the disc resorbs. This is thought to be because the large disc herniation stirs up a larger immune response.

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Dr. Thomas Dowling Dr. Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
36 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Since I have a herniated disk what kind of exercise can I do to lose weight?

Since I have a herniated disk what kind of exercise can I do to lose weight?

Varies: Generally, cardiovascular exercises that do not aggravate symptoms are fine even if it means cross training ie swimming, treading water, walking, biking, elliptical, stairmaster but running could aggravate symptoms but not always but avoid rowing and any raquet sports and golf but walk the paths.

Dr. Shiroko Sokitch Dr. Sokitch
Holistic Medicine
33 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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What are types of stretches or exercises that will help relieve pain from a herniated disk in the lower back?

What are types of stretches or exercises that will help relieve pain from a herniated disk in the lower back?

Strengthen your core: Exercises that strengthen the muscles which support your spine will help keep the disc from getting worse. If you over stretch it can make things worse but stretching and strengthening exercises with a person who knows what they are doing, will help a lot.

Dr. Judy Orton Dr. Orton
Pediatrics
31 years in practice
University of South Florida College of Medicine
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If I have a herniated disk, what exercises can I do?

If I have a herniated disk, what exercises can I do?

Depends: Depends on if you are in the acute phase of injury. Once you're past the acute muscle spasm working on core strength - abs and back- will be important. Work with your doc or physical therapist to get a home exercise program and learn how to do the exercises correctly. You don't want to hurt yourself. But you should be able to return to full activity.

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Dr. Thomas Dowling Dr. Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
36 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Is there any way I can exercise with a herniated disk?

Is there any way I can exercise with a herniated disk?

Varies: Generally, cardiovascular exercises that do not aggravate symptoms are fine even if it means cross training ie swimming, treading water, walking, biking, elliptical, stairmaster but running could aggravate symptoms but not always but avoid rowing and any raquet sports and golf but walk the paths. Yoga and pilates are also options.

Dr. Thomas Dowling Dr. Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
36 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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What are the main exercises to avoid with a herniated disk?

What are the main exercises to avoid with a herniated disk?

Weight lifting: In general, weight lifting. A rowing machine as well if having active symptoms. Weight lifting on a bench with smaller loads and higher reps may be ok if not reproducing pain but any dead lifts or squats should be avoided. Running is ok unless it aggravates symptoms.

Dr. Mitchell Elkiss Dr. Elkiss
Neurology
39 years in practice
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Exercises that are safe after lower spine surgery for herniated disk?

Exercises that are safe after lower spine surgery for herniated disk?

Clearance by surgeon: After clearance, a progressive program emphasizing core strengthening, flexibility, good posture, and proper use of lower back mechanics. Don't do those things that aggravate your symptoms. May need work with a physical therapist or trainer.

Dr. Zachariah George Dr. George
Neurosurgery
11 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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Which vitamins, minerals or anything else help/facilitate rehabilitation herniated disc. Also be thankful for any links to physical exercises or smth.

Which vitamins, minerals or anything else help/facilitate rehabilitation herniated disc. Also be thankful for any links to physical exercises or smth.

Stay fit: No particular vitamins, just stay healthy. Don't do heavy lifting, instead stay active, strengthen your core and back muscles (good to work with physical therapist). If you smoke then quit. If heavy then lose weight. All the best!

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Dr. Thomas Dowling Dr. Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
36 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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How can I treat a herniated disk?

How can I treat a herniated disk?

Depends: Sometimes they are not the cause of a pain as they can be found in people who have no spine problems. For those that it does, most just get better with time. Additional help can be through: activity modification, guided exercise, medication, epidural steroid injections, and if all fails, surgery. Being a smoker, obese and not an exerciser but you at a higher risk of failing treatment.

Dr. Will Moorehead Dr. Moorehead
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
48 years in practice
Meharry Medical College School of Medicine
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How can I address a herniated disk?

How can I address a herniated disk?

Time & exercise: A herniated disc does not necessary require treatment. If there is associated nerve root compression/irritation then treatment may be required. Understand that 90% of pain associated with nerve root irritation will resolve with time. Otc prescription nsaids, oral steroids, heat/cold and stretching exercises will help resolve the acute pain. If not then epidural steroids may be beneficial.

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Dr. Michael Bolesta Dr. Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
36 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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How serious is a having a herniated disk?

Depends: It depends on size, amount of inflammation, location (neck, mid back, low back, against spinal cord, against nerve but not cord). Sometimes it keeps nerves or spinal cord from working properly. Other times it causes pain. Sometimes it is silent (no symptoms, problems). Most improve with time. Treatment depends on how severe the symptoms are, whether or not they are worsening, & how long they last.

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Dr. John Goldman Dr. Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
51 years in practice
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
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What do you recommend for herniated disk?

Proper evaluation: This needs an appropriate evaluation. How much damage is it causing. A few need immediate emergency surgery while most need appropriate physical therapy. In some cases injection of corticosteroids in the back in a location called the epidural space between the spinal cord and the vertebrae, this is done to decrease swelling around the disk to decrease pain and let the herniation resolve.

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Dr. Thomas Dowling Dr. Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
36 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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What can be done for the pain of a herniated disk?

What can be done for the pain of a herniated disk?

Time, meds, exercise: Most disc herniations get better with time, 90%. Activity modification with guided exercise, medication and epidural steroid injections are options and if no better after 12 weeks, surgery may be an option. Lifestyle changes like not smoking, not being obese and regularly exercising will minimize any future back problems as well as taking adequate vitamin d and calcium.

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Dr. Edward Hellman Dr. Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
25 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Herniated disk poping noises pain on left side why?

Herniated disk poping noises pain on left side why?

Varies: A herniated disc can push on nerves that supply sensation in the hip and leg and are a fairly common cause of pain there. A disc that herniated can be associated with instability at times and this could potentially explain the popping and clicking. Don't hesitate to be seen for an accurate evaluation.

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Dr. Craig Morton Dr. Morton
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
14 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport
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What is the definition or description of: Herniated disk?

What is the definition or description of: Herniated disk?

See Below: A spinal disc is kind of like a jelly filled donut. The outer ring of the disc ("donut") is make up of a firm cartilage called the annulus fibrosus. The inner portion of the disc ("jelly") is called the nucleus pulposus. Over time or with trauma the annulus can eventually tear or rupture. The "jelly" in the middle of the disc can then squeeze out or "herniate" causing pain or nerve compression

Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Is there a chance to have a recurrent for the herniated disk?

Is there a chance to have a recurrent for the herniated disk?

Possible: If you have had a herniated disk, this can shrink and desiccate over several months, but a traumatic event could result in more local damage and cause additional herniation or even fragmentation and either could compress a nerve root.

Dr. Robert Kent Dr. Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
8 years in practice
Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
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Could a herniated disk be deadly to you?

Could a herniated disk be deadly to you?

No: Unless there is something extremely off, such as herniation due to infection or something vastly out of the norm. That being said, there is the possibility of paralysis if the disc herniated to far and compressed the spinal cord fully. That is very rare, but possible. The vast majority of people will not have any serious medical, life threatening issue from a herniation, although it may painful.

Dr. Kathy Robinson Dr. Robinson
Family Medicine
28 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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Can a 14 year old have a herniated disk?

Can a 14 year old have a herniated disk?

Possible/unlikely: It is possible for a 14 year old to have a herniated disc but it is very unlikely. If however, a 14 year old had some trauma to the spine than a traumatic herniated disc is a possibility.

Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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