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Dr. Foead Geula
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Slipped Disc (Overview)

The disks are protective shock-absorbing pads between the bones of the spine (vertebrae). The disks of the spine are also referred to as intervertebral disks. Although they do not actually "slip, " a disk may move, split, or rupture. This can cause the disk cartilage and nearby tissue to fail (herniate), allowing the inner gel portion of the disk to escape into the surrounding tissue.


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Is slipped disc the same as herniated?

Is slipped disc the same as herniated?

Slipped is misnomer: A slipped disc is a misnomer, but tells us it's a disc problem. A bulge is a weakening of the annular fibers causing change in shape of disc. Herniation is a shift in the nucleus of the disc. Protrusion or extrusion causes nucleus to shift outside the disc. All may involve a tear which often causes chemical irritation of nerve roots and pain. Direct nerve root contact may occur with the last 2. ...Read more

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Dr. Foead Geula
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Slipped Disc (Overview)

The disks are protective shock-absorbing pads between the bones of the spine (vertebrae). The disks of the spine are also referred to as intervertebral disks. Although they do not actually "slip, " a disk may move, split, or rupture. This can cause the disk cartilage and nearby tissue to fail (herniate), allowing the inner gel portion of the disk to escape into the surrounding tissue.


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What are the symptoms of lower right back slipped disc and how long does it usually take to get better?

Low back pain: Lower back pain is a common occurrence. Usually improves in 4 to 6 weeks. Exercise is helpful and can help prevent recurrence. Recommend neutral spine exercises of mcgill even while hurting. Can find videos on youtube. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Kent Dr. Kent
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Managing a Herniated Disk (Tip)

Managing a Herniated Disk

Physical therapy can be an excellent tool to correcting the dysfunction and pain caused by them. ...See more

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Managing a Herniated Disk (Checklist)

Use NSAIDs and/or pain medications
Daily
Get Xray/MRI to evaluate if not better in 4-6 weeks
Once
See spine specialist for treatment options
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What are the symptoms of a slipped disc and a herniated disc?

The same: Slipped disc is a layman's term for a disc herniation. Most have no symptoms and are seen fairly frequently on imaging studies. Symptoms can range from pain in the spine , in the extremities, numbness, tingling, weakness & bowel/bladder problems . If at a thoracic or cervical level maybe gait, balance or spasticity issues as well as dexterity problems. This is known as a myleopathy. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Managing a Herniated Disk (Tip)

Managing a Herniated Disk

Mixture to strengthen your abdominal muscles. ...See more

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My ankles, feet, legs and hands are swelling really big and I have a throbbing pain from it. What could be causing it? I am a newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic. I also have a slipped disc at my l4&5. I have high blood pressure and high colesterol. I am tak

My ankles, feet, legs and hands are swelling really big and I have a throbbing pain from it. What could be causing it? I am a newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic.  I also have a slipped disc at my l4&5. I have high blood pressure and high colesterol. I am tak

A : A few things could be causing this: 1. Water retention due to congestive heart failure. Fluids may be getting backed up in the body system if your heart is not efficient. This can cause swelling in the body. 2. Blood clot in the leg: if you are generally inactive, blood may be pooling in your legs. This, along with your medical history of high cholestrol and diabetes make you at high risk for a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) or blot clot in the leg. Initially, swelling may occur, followed by pain, cramping and poor circulation. 3. Peripheral vascular disease can be a residual condition of your comorbidities. This would be related to poor circulation/poor blood supply to the leg. 4. Kidney failure: if your kidneys are not filtering fluids efficiently, fluids can be backed up into your body system, causing swelling. Each of your existing medical conditions are precursors to the above possible causes of lower leg swelling. It is crucial you see a doctor to investigate which is the causing factor. See a doctor as soon as you can. If the pain becomes intolerable, go to the emergency room. You may have a clot that is blocking fresh, healthy blood supply to the legs. ...Read more

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What are the tests for slipped disc?

What are the tests for slipped disc?

Imaging: Imaging tests are the usual investigation for slipped disc. There are no blood tests for this abnormality. ...Read more

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Managing a Herniated Disk (Tip)

Managing a Herniated Disk

Every pound you lose is 5 pounds of pressure off of your back. Try weight loss. ...See more

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