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Stretches And Exercises For A Herniated Disc Of The Thoracic Spine
What does an individual's pain feel like with a herniated disc in the thoracic spine, thoracic herniation?
Usually no symptoms: Most thoracic disc herniations are not symptomatic. However if the disc is pushing any thoracic nerve, you will experience some pain around the rib cage at the level where the nerve is being pinching. If the disc is large and compress the spinal cord, then it may affect your balance/gait while you walk, and it may result in lower extremity weakness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Myofascial release: Treatments include myofascial release and targeted injections to temporarily relieve any pain and muscle spasms you may have. Stretches are tough to do as the thoracic spine is a fairly rigid structure. ...Read more
With degenerative disc disease, facet arthrosis, nerve compression, buldging discs lumbar and cervical regions, synovial cyst posterior lumbar region in spine, continueum spasms, the need of surgery is the option as of now. I have been through all treatme
Unsure of question: Most surgeons exhaust non-operative care before recommending surgery. Non-operative care can include medications (anti-infammatory arthritis type medicine or pain medications), physical therapy, activity modification, exercise, bracing, chiropractic care, interventional pain management (injections), or alternative medical approaches. ...Read more
What are types of stretches or exercises that will help relieve pain from a herniated disk in the lower back?
strengthen your core: Exercises that strengthen the muscles which support your spine will help keep the disc from getting worse. If you over stretch it can make things worse but stretching and strengthening exercises with a person who knows what they are doing, will help a lot. ...Read more
Yes and No: Compression of the spinal cord in the thoracic spine can cause bowel incontinence and is a medical emergency. Compressed nerves will not cause incontinence but can result in back pain or pain traveling into the ribs, abdomen or upper leg. Bowel incontinence is the most concerning symptom. Go see you doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is heat or ice better for low back pain? Especially if there is a lumbar disk herniated? What are the symptoms of having a lumbar disk herniated?
Both : Both can help but it may differ from pt to pt sometimes it helps to go back and forth between heat and cold / if you feel one is much more helpful for you then stick with that / use apiece of swim noodle behind the small of your back while sitting as a "lumbar roll" I have found this to help many people including me over the years hope you feel better. ...Read more
Anti-inflammatories: Generally, the majority of the pain in a herniated disc comes from the inflammatory process and thus anti-inflammatories such as Naproxen work well. If you also have nerve pain, drugs such as Neurontin (gabapentin) can help as well. Finally, muscle relaxers can help if you have a lot of spasms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: Treatment for symptomatic degenerative disc disease and disc herniations depends on the severity of your symptoms. If you don't have any neurologic deficit, such as weakness, numbness, or bowel/bladder incontinence, you can first try conservative therapy with stretching, strengthening, and anti-inflammatories. If these don't provide relief, you should consult with a pain doctor. ...Read more
Many possibilities: There are many exercises for disc disease. Some include stretching-lying on your back and pulling one knee to the chest and repeat with the other; strengthening-see my back exercise health guide for tips; reverse arch push ups-doing push ups but not with a rigid back instead arching your back backwards. Consult with your doctor or physical therapist for the best exercises for your condition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Thoracic disc: Yes. Generally extension exercises can help with a thoracic disc due to the fact that the native thoracic spine is in flexion (which compresses the disc). ...Read more
Can diverticulitis be seen on a lumbar spine MRI especially if the diverticulitis bulges into one of the back muscles?
No: There should not be any pain your thoracic spine from a lumbar herniated disc.If you have degenerative changes at lumbar levels, you may have them at your thoracic as well. One caveat, and a very rare one, is if you had enough of a herniation in upper lumbar areas to damage the cord and cause a syrinx. However, this would have been seen on MRI and you'd have more symptoms. Incontinence? Yes=er. ...Read more
Can a full spine xray show any nerves being pinched? And a full spine xray include the lumbar region also?
No and yes: Full spine x rays would involve the lumbar area. Plain films can help in diagnosing bone problems, and narrowing of the space between vertebrae, suggesting where a problem with a pinched nerve may arise from, but definitive diagnosis is more specifically acquired by more specialized testing, like MRI and nerve conduction studies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is pelvic traction a good option for releaving siatica pain and numbness, caused by a degenrative bulging disc (seen on MRI)?
See below: Unfortunately our backs start degenerating in our late teens. Strengthening the core abdominal muscles, and back muscles . Using proper body mechanics and lifting techniques, weight-loss regimen if necessary, avoid smoking, avoid trauma are a few recommendations. Good luck thank you. ...Read more
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