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Resume Sports After 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: As long as it is not causing you pain. Just listen to your body. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am very physically active. I just found out that I have herniated lumbar disc. Will I ever be able to be active again?
Herniated lumbar disc. Is the type of pain an indication of severity of nerve entrapment? I.E. Stabbing vs dull pain.
Why is a neurosurgeon referring me to a neurologist after an emg for herniated lumbar disc and DDD?
Perhaps the EMG does: not match the area of the disk, or it could have been normal & a 2nd opinion is needed. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Most do not get worse, but occasionally they do. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Lumbar Extrusion: An extruded disc can be thought of as squeezing a jelly donut until the jelly pops out of the doughnut. ...Read more