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Rehab Exercises For A Herniated Disk
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.
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
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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.
In case of herniated disk / ischias nerv, can the nerv itself be stretched out with exercise in order to minimize the "pinching" sensitivity?
May be: Exercises as physical therapy could help for rehabilitation.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
Which vitamins, minerals or anything else help/facilitate rehabilitation herniated disc. Also be thankful for any links to physical exercises or smth.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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
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.
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.
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