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How to reduce weight, if I am having herniated lumbar disc?

How to reduce weight, if I am having herniated lumbar disc?

Try low impact: Reducing calories can produce weight loss, but exercise makes it a bit easier. Exercise that does not "jar" or load the back will usually be more comfortable and may also help you feel better. Often water exercise can help a person burn calories with low back stress (swimming, water walking, water aerobics). Other options include elliptical machines, bicycling, perhaps walking. ...Read more

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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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Does cold therapy penetrate deep enough to treat a herniated lumbar disc?

Does cold therapy penetrate deep enough to treat a herniated lumbar disc?

Yes: In most patients, cold therapy can help relieve some of the inflammation in the large muscles that surround the spine. Although the cold temperature associated with cold therapy does not reach all the way to the disc, it can help relieve some of the pain and muscle spasm that occurs along the muscles just underneath the skin layer. ...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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Is an operation necessary for a herniated lumbar disc of 5cm?

Second Opinion: I suspect that you meant 5 millimeters, not centimeters. The need for surgery is dependent on many things. Are you having neurologic problems such as weakness, numbness or pain. Is the condition something that you can resolve with nsaids, rest, massage, and so forth. If in any doubt discuss this with a different surgeon than the one who is suggesting surgery. Hope this helps and good luck. ...Read more

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I am very physically active. I just found out that I have herniated lumbar disc. Will I ever be able to be active again?

Yes: Once you are through with the acute spasm and muscular back pain regular exercise and core strengthening are vital. See a physical therapist to learn proper exercises and technique. I've run 6 marathons since i had my herniated disc issue. ...Read more

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I have herniated lumbar disc & now sharp shooting sciatic pain going down both sides to soles of feet. Can hardly walk. Will pt cure it?

I have herniated lumbar disc & now sharp shooting sciatic pain going down both sides to soles of feet. Can hardly walk. Will pt cure it?

Try acupuncture: I would recommend acupuncture. It's gentle, noninvasive and shown great results with back issues. Acupuncture needles feel good! it's completely not the same as any other experienced in western care. Don't let it deter you. They aren't hollow, like clinic needles. They are thinner than your hair. ...Read more

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Mri shows herniated lumbar disc but no back pain only sciatica. Esi only lasted a few days. Chiro recommends discectomy. Any non-surgical options?

Mri shows herniated lumbar disc but no back pain only sciatica. Esi only lasted a few days. Chiro recommends discectomy. Any non-surgical options?

Non-surg back option: Physical therapy can benefit even long-term degenerative disc disease sufferers, aimed at muscle relaxation then equilibration, opening intervertebral disc spaces for discs to return to their normal shape, and physical pain relief. Tens units & licensed massage therapy help pain without side effects. Swimming helps strengthen back muscles without jarring or grinding down discs. Good luck! ...Read more

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Will exercise help a bulging lumbar disc?

Will exercise help a bulging lumbar disc?

Yes: Bulging discs are seen in normal individuals. A routine exercise program can help with lower back pain. See your physician before starting any new exercise program. ...Read more

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Does exercise help a bulging lumbar disc?

Does exercise help a bulging lumbar disc?

Back strengthening: As one who has a bulging disc (and no surgery), back strengthening exercises are very important to help stabilize the back. I recommend the "superman" exercise: lying on your stomach, stretch your arms out like you're flying through the air like superman. For 5 seconds, raise your right arm and shoulder, and left leg and hip off the floor, then repeat on the other side. Do this 12x on each side. ...Read more

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Will I be nude during lumbar disc surgery?

Yes: For operations of the low back you are nude but do not worry all areas of the body except the ares of surgery is covered with drapes and modesty of patients is always taken into account. ...Read more

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What can happen when i have a compressed lumbar disc L2?

What can happen when i have a compressed lumbar disc L2?

Back pain: Some people will have this on X ray and not have symptoms. Others may have back pain, difficulty walking. Its really hard to say unless we examine and have more information. Good luck ...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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Please tell me, could lumbar disc bulge get worse?

Yes: Most do not get worse, but occasionally they do. Check out spine-health.Com. ...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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How do you treat and fix a small lumbar disc protrusion?

How do you treat and fix a small lumbar disc protrusion?

Treat symptoms only: Disc protrusions of any size require treatment only if they produce symptoms. Surgery is indicated for those with intractable leg pain, progressive loss of function or sensation in the lower extremity or for loss of bowel/bladder/sexual function. Medicines, stretching, mild rest, physical therapy, massage, heat, etc are indicated for everyone else. ...Read more

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In easy to understand terms, what is a lumbar disc extrusion?

Lumbar Extrusion: An extruded disc can be thought of as squeezing a jelly donut until the jelly pops out of the doughnut. ...Read more