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Slip Disc Surgery
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Rehabilitation: In my opinion, surgery for a ruptured disc in the spinal canal, should be reserved for significant reasons, as progressive weakness, numbness, pain, with/without bladder issues, or any threat/ damage to the spinal cord. Many pts will respond to physical therapy, exercise, steroid injections, and other rehab steps. A european MRI study showed many discs will dessicate and shrink over 9-10 months. ...Read more
Common sense: Alternate ice and heat. Keep bending stooping twisting and lifting to a minimum. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories were appropriate. The worst thing you can possibly do is bend over and pick up something heavy especially if the twisting motion is involved. It is surprisingly easy to tweak your back by doing just the wrong thing at the wrong time.Building up core strength and flexibility. ...Read more
I'm a 34 yr old female. height is 5ft 6 and weigh 180 lbs. have 5 slipped discs and awaiting prolapse surgery. how to get weight down?
Not necessarily: Surgery only indicated if symptoms consistently worsen or pain is unbearable. Otherwise, two years out there is no difference between surgery and non-surgery patients. Avoid surgery if possible. ...Read more
Complex..: Hi, not all disk herniation’s need surgery and can be managed non operatively but this is definitely something that needs to be discussed in person with a neurosurgeon / orthopedic spine surgeon. They will go over your MRI's and your exam and decide if you need surgery or not. If you are having weakness or bowel or bladder issues you should go to the ER right away. ...Read more
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
Herniated disk: Most herniated discs heal on their own. Initial rest, physical therapy and anti inflammation medication all work to speed up the healing time. Surgery is reserved for discs that don't respond to the above interventions with continued uncontrollable pain or motor deficit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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