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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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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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Herniated disc, slipped disc pinched nerve, treatment?

Herniated disc, slipped disc pinched nerve, treatment?

Herniated disc: If you have a confirmed herniation with an MRI, the first line of treatment is usually a steroid injection around the nerve performed by a qualified pain physician. You may require more than one, but no more than three in a year. If the herniation is large and you have weakness, surgery is the best option. Along with these treatments, you may be given an antiinflammatory medication as well. ...Read more

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Herniated disc in spine. Now wnat?

Herniated disc in spine. Now wnat?

See a doctor: I assume you have had an MRI to know this. A herniated disc may cause leg pain and numbness, but with medications, physical therapy, injections, the symtpoms may resolve. However, if the pain persists, or you develop weakness you should see a spine surgeon for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Symptoms of Intervertebral disc displacement lumbar w/o myelopathy?

Symptoms of  Intervertebral disc displacement lumbar w/o myelopathy?

And the question IS?: I'm afraid your question mark should really be a comma if anything. I'm not catching your drift. Are you asking for a list of symptoms associated with IVD disease without myelopathy....or if one could even exist without the other? Perhaps, you're copying something out of a report? Revamp your question and send through again. ...Read more

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Spinal MRI- multilevel disk & facet degen. scar tissue encasing S1,roots, Bulges &herniations, flat vent. dural sac, narrow foramin/spinal. Bad pain?

Spinal MRI- multilevel disk & facet degen. scar tissue encasing S1,roots, Bulges &herniations, flat vent. dural sac, narrow foramin/spinal.  Bad pain?

Degenerative disease: These findings may be the cause of your back pain. But how to take care of the pain is a whole other concern. You may do well with a combination of pain pills, muscle relaxants, physical therapy, and pain patches or liniments. Rheumatologists and orthopedists can give injections after doing tests to pinpoint the location and mechanism of the pain, such as pinched nerves. Lastly operation if need ...Read more

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Do bulging discs or herniated disc heal?

Do bulging discs or herniated disc heal?

Weeks to Months: Generally most people can get relief from sciatic pain doing the conservative care within 3-6 weeks. If it persists after that, it can take up to 6 months to heal by itself. Consider core strengthening exercises while you are on your own at home. You may still be a candidate for epidural steroid injections that may help relieve the pain while your body heals itself. ...Read more

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Ddd in l&cspine. 2 l discs are torn, one herniated. 4 herniated cervical & bone spurs, stenosis, facet arthritis.No accidents or trauma. Only ddd?

Ddd in l&cspine. 2 l discs are torn, one herniated. 4 herniated cervical & bone spurs, stenosis, facet arthritis.No accidents or trauma. Only ddd?

So? Forget the MRIs: Your only 27, we don't treat mris, we treat people. It doesn't matter what the studies show because we have to treat you. Certain spinal conditions have a genetic predisposition, but what are your symptoms? What are you doing about it? Find a doctor who wants to make you feel better. ...Read more

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Lumbosacral spondylosis with disc degeneration, mild posterior disc bulge at l3-4level indenting thecal sac, lateral canals & neural foraminae, treatment?

Lumbosacral spondylosis with disc degeneration, mild posterior disc bulge at l3-4level indenting thecal sac, lateral canals & neural foraminae, treatment?

DDD=arthritis: Arthritis/spondylosis of the disc is ddd. Like wrinkles of skin, ddd happens to everyone to some degree. It starts to be evident on MRI late teens and early 20's, progressing with age. Ddd/arthritis does not = pain. So don't let the diagnosis bother you. Treatment is specific to the pain. If back pain, nonsurgical. Nsaids/tylenol, pt/core strength. For sciatica, above plus nerve root injections. ...Read more

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C4-5 right uncovertebral osteophyte/disc bulge complex broad disc bulge right neural foraminal stenosis & abutment of ventral cervical cord. Meaning?

C4-5 right uncovertebral osteophyte/disc bulge complex  broad disc bulge right neural foraminal stenosis & abutment of ventral cervical cord. Meaning?

Not meaningful: These findings on MRI of c spine are simply indicators of arthritic phenomenon with aging or wear and tear. These may or may not clinically corelate with the clinical symptoms or signs of a patient. Examining and ordering physician is in best position to tell if these findings corelate with your symptoms. See a neurologist. ...Read more

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Can min. Broadbased disc bulge at c3-4 & broadbased disc bulge w/superimposed central disc protrusion and endplate spurring at c6-7 cause torticollis?

Can min. Broadbased disc bulge at c3-4 & broadbased disc bulge w/superimposed central disc protrusion and endplate spurring at c6-7 cause torticollis?

Other way: No. Actually, it is usually the other way around; torticollis causes excess wear and tear of the discs and joints, leading to early degeneration. Torticollis is caused by the abnormal implementation of motor programs in the brain. The spine is an innocent bystander. ...Read more

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Spinal disc herniation is what?

Spinal disc herniation is what?

Symptom Vs Cause: A disc herniation causes sciatica, which is a symptom of back & leg pain caused by a disc herniation or narrowing where the nerve exits the spine. A disc herniation is a outpouching of the disc from its normal place into the spinal canal or on the nerve and can be a source of pain in the back or down the leg, . ...Read more

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Had injury now multilevel spondylosis degenerative disk disease, bulging disks at t6-t7, t7-t8-t9 with small left neural foraminal herniation at t6-t7

Had injury now multilevel spondylosis degenerative disk disease, bulging disks at t6-t7, t7-t8-t9 with small left neural foraminal herniation at t6-t7

Symptoms?: It's hard to give advice without knowing what's bothering you. The mere presence of spondylolsis may not need any treatment at all. Most likely pt will suffice. ...Read more

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MRI: L3/L4-disc bulging abuts thecal sac, superimposed facet degenerative changes, loss disc height. Could my L4-S1 fusion have made worse?

MRI: L3/L4-disc bulging abuts thecal sac, superimposed facet degenerative changes, loss disc height. Could my L4-S1 fusion have made worse?

There is a condition: known as adjacent segment disease in which a fusion may lead to altered spine mechanics and place increased load on the next adjacent spine segment but there may also be a genetic basis for this -it may also be due to smoking as well as to being obese . May need to also focus on core strength ending exercises but talk to your surgeon too ...Read more

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Could a herniated disc / bulging disk be affecting thecal sac?

Could a herniated disc / bulging disk be affecting thecal sac?

Disc herniation: Depend on the size and the type of the herniation, it might affect or even compress the thecal sac. ...Read more

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Can a slipped disc (herniated disk) make the back look deformed?

Can a slipped disc (herniated disk) make the back look deformed?

Not really: A disc herniation itself won't cause the back to look deformed. However, if you have a back muscle spasm , due to pain, it can cause you to have a posture that makes your back appear deformed. ...Read more

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Could spinal decompression fix a bulging disk?

Could spinal decompression fix a bulging disk?

Maybe: Some chiropractors use a machine to apply traction to the spine and they call this "decompressioin." the scientific data is not robust so far and i dont believe any insurance companies cover the treatment which can be expensive. Some patients swear that it was helpful while others not so... "caveat emptor". ...Read more

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Is cervical radiculopathy in my cervical spine from disc protrusion?

Is cervical radiculopathy in my cervical spine from disc protrusion?

Maybe: Cervical radiculopathy can arise from various causes that pinch a nerve in the neck. A disk herniation is a common cause. Other causes include bone spurs that form over time that narrow the hole through which the nerves exit the spine. ...Read more

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Mri: moderate disc protrusion l5,annular tear,moderate facet joint hypertrophy entire lumbar spine,grade1 spondylolisthsis l5,L1L2 and L5S1 spur, bad?

Mri: moderate disc protrusion l5,annular tear,moderate facet joint hypertrophy entire lumbar spine,grade1 spondylolisthsis l5,L1L2 and L5S1 spur, bad?

Depends on symptoms: Multiple level degenerative changes at a young age need careful disgnostics and evaluation. Need to know target symptoms, these findings can be asymptomatic. ...Read more

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Can chiropractic manipulation correct vertebral malalignment in lumbar spinal stenosis?

Can chiropractic manipulation correct vertebral malalignment in lumbar spinal stenosis?

Unfortunately....no: As an osteopathic physician, whose practice includes "manipulative therapy, " it is my opinion that spinal stenosis is not correctable with any form of manipulation or physical medicine. This is unfortunately a surgical condition, and i would professionally recommend a consultation with a neurosurgeon, vs. An orthopedist. Your condition requires more expertise, and your end result will be better. ...Read more

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