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I have a slip disc problem?

I have a slip disc problem?

Herniated disc: A "slipped disc" refers to a disc in the spine which is protruding to some degree.Sometimes a disc protrusion can pinch a nerve, causing radiating pain into an extremity. Many "slipped discs" are minor and are simply a part of the normal aging process which includes wearing out of discs, bone spurs, etc - nothing needs to be done about these normal aging changes if there are no associated symptoms. ...Read more

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Bulging Disk (Definition)

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


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I have slip disc,what should I do?

I have slip disc,what should I do?

Various treatment : Assuming you have an MRI, start with back stabilization exercises given by physical therapy so it can be documented. Could also benefit from a steroid epidural injection. Use Naproxen twice a day, and have that documented in a chart to establish you have been treated conservatively. If pain persists with the above, get a surgical evaluation. ...Read more

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What exercise can you recommend for slip disc?

What exercise  can you recommend for slip disc?

Strengthen lumbar mm: I am assuming you have a lumbar disc. Exercises that increase strength of supportive lumbar and para spinous mm are best. Aqua therapy is beneficial. Avoid percussive activities. Drink water. An experienced pt can help with gentle traction. An inversion table may help, but is controversial. ...Read more

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How concerning is a slip disc and what are the symptoms?

How concerning is a slip disc and what are the symptoms?

Not Dangerous: Hurts a lot, however if you have weakness or bowel/bladder incontinence than it can be an emergency that may need to be evaluated for surgery. This suggests that the disc is significant compressing nerves in the spinal canal reducing their function. Generally though, a majority of slipped discs or herniations are mostly painful and resolve over time and do not cause long term effects. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the effective remedies for slip disc?

Can you please describe the effective remedies for slip disc?

"Dr Time": Giving it time to heal is crucial - most of these will heal up naturally. (ibuprofen, taking it easy, strengthening your para-spinous muscles with isometric exercises - stationary bike, swimming, yoga, rowing machine etc will help). "dr. Time" will heal most of these (may take 2-3 months). Any leg/limb weakness - see your neurosurgeon right away - waiting may cause nerve damage. ...Read more

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My weight is 82 & I have slip disc problem please help me out sir?

My weight is 82 & I have slip disc problem please help me out sir?

Weight of 82: I assume that's 82 pounds and not kilograms, indicating that you're underweight. Of course, without further history to explain the low weight, it is hard to provide specific advice. If your macro and micro nutrient intake is deficient, it may be affecting your bone health, which might result in your back problems. You have probably heard it before, but you need to consult a doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how dangerous is a slip disc and what are the symptoms?

Not Dangerous: Hurts a lot, however if you have weakness or bowel/bladder incontinence than it can be an emergency that may need to be evaluated for surgery. This suggests that the disc is significant compressing nerves in the spinal canal reducing their function. Generally though, a majority of slipped discs or herniations are mostly painful and resolve over time and do not cause long term effects. ...Read more

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I am 42 years old weight 88 height 173 cms. Bedridden for slip disc need advice on weight and diet control please?

I am 42 years old weight 88 height 173 cms. Bedridden for slip disc need advice on weight and diet control please?

Lifestyle and Diet: The most effective diet per my experience treating over 1000 obese individuals is a low carbohydrate ketogenic (fat burning) diet meaning your meals will be mostly lean protein and very little carbohydrates (from fruits and veggies) and plant and fish based fat sources. You need to keep the carbohydrates below 40 grams/day. Also exercise (yoga, interval training, walking, running) would help. ...Read more

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I had a slip disc and got it operated a year back..But now again the pain has started very much daily. Please help. Is there something to worry about?

I had a slip disc and got it operated a year back..But now again the pain has started very much daily. Please help. Is there something to worry about?

Osteopathic Skills: Find a doctor of osteopathy that does manual hands on therapy. Sometime you may find an advanced physical therapist that is trained in osteopathic techniques. This is not a chiropractor! ...Read more

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Can slip disc be completely cured without surgery?

Can slip disc be completely cured without surgery?

Yes: Herniated (slipped) discs will often heal without surgery; surgery often helps but should be the last resort. Rest & time, physical therapy & anti-inflammatory drugs & herbs help, as can mind-body techniques & acupuncture. Healing back pain naturally: the mind-body program proven to work by art brownstein is a good book on the subject. ...Read more

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I have had an operation for slip disc can I do yoga?

I have had an operation for slip disc can I do yoga?

Ask your doctor: Check with the surgeon who knows the details about your operation as to what your activity and restrictions are. ...Read more

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Working in a chair for 12 hours is causing me back pain?What could it be? Slip-disc?

Working in a chair for 12 hours is causing me  back pain?What could it be? Slip-disc?

Too much sitting: Sitting, especially unsupported, causes increased stress on the lumbar discs. This is a common cause of back pain. Getting up periodically can help as can rolling up a towel and throwing it between the chair and your lower back to give better support. Trying different ergonomic chairs can also be helpful but expensive. If all else fails, try some pilates/piyo/yoga to strengthen your core. ...Read more

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How can I treat slip disc before getting pregnant again?

How can I treat slip disc before getting pregnant again?

Disc problems: Do a consult with a spine surgeon. He'll tell you if you need a discectomy;. ...Read more

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My sister who's a chiropractor and she said that i may have a slip disc. Is this serious?

My sister who's a chiropractor and she said that i may have a slip disc. Is this serious?

Hard to say: With this little information. Slipped or herniated discs can be as minor as only some short term pain to severe as causing paralsysis and everything in between. Recommend having imaging like an mri, especially if you are having any weakness in any limbs. ...Read more

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I have a slip disc in l5 s1 and i am 24. Will it heal after some time or it be like this life long?

Can heal: A European study suggested that most disc ruptures, dry out and shrink by 9-10 months, and unless severe neurological problems are progressing, it is best to avoid surgery if possible. ...Read more

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I am having sciatica pain....Some years back i was operated for slip disc.. Now, frequently i suffer from sciatica pain. Recommend some medicines plz.

I am having sciatica pain....Some years back i was operated for slip disc.. Now, frequently i suffer from sciatica pain. Recommend some medicines plz.

Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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Back treatment and support belt disk dr. Wg30 gold how good is this belt for slip disc.

Back treatment and support belt disk dr. Wg30 gold

how good is this belt for slip disc.

Better treatments: If you have a herniated disc a support belt might make you feel more comfortable (particularly if you need to lift with a bad disc) but it's probably best to work with a physical therapist to strengthen the muscles that support your spine making your own internal "support belt" it might be that external belts actually weaken underlying muscles but they can't undo a disc problem. ...Read more

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Who is the best doctor for slip disc surgery in the world and what's the latest technology used?

Who is the best doctor for slip disc surgery in the world and what's the latest technology used?

Spinal surgeon: If you have a symptomatic disc herniation, and has tried professionally guided conservative treatment, i would recommend that you seek care from a trained spinal surgeon in your area. Presently, the popular care is that of minimally invasive spinal surgery. Basically performing the same old surgery thru smaller access opening. This does leads to quicker recovery. ...Read more

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Could use your help docs! a friend who's a chiropractor said that i may have a slip disc. Is it serious?

Could use your help docs! a friend who's a chiropractor said that i may have a slip disc. Is it serious?

There is a 1% chance: Most herniated discs are self limiting & get better with 10% going on to surgery. Most are not serious or dangerous with only 1% leading to a condition related to bowel/bladder control issues known as a cauda equina syndrome that requires emergent surgery. Occasionally, disc herniations in the thoracic & cervical regions can lead to spinal cord compression or myleopathy that also needs surgery. ...Read more

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Lower back pain. Have been disgnosee with slip disc. How shall i strengthen my lower back?

Exercises: The best are dynamic stabilization exercises. Your best bet is to have a your physician or a physical therapist verify you are doing them correctly. ...Read more

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