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Dr. Bahman Omrani
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Degenerative Disc Disease (Definition)

Degenerative disks are when the normal "spongy" architechture of the disks goes away. The disks normally are between the vertebre in your spine. So when the disks degenerate, you lose mobility and eventually the bones can touch together, which is very painful. Also when the disks degenerate, ...Read more

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I have degenerative disc disease dislocation of 3 lumbar discs and disc herniation at l5/s1 and disc bulges on l3/4 l4/5 my doctor says he can't op why?

I have degenerative disc disease dislocation of 3 lumbar discs and disc herniation at l5/s1 and disc bulges on l3/4 l4/5 my doctor says he can't op why?

Conservative surgeon: There are several possibilities. The surgeon may feel that your problem(s) will not be helped by surgery. Another possibility is the doctor doesn't want to operate at multiple levels. Spine surgeons usually don't want to operate unless they are sure surgery can help you. This is an excellent attitude. ...Read more

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Living with Degenerative Arthritis (Checklist)

Avoid potential trauma to your joints
Once
Avoid traumatic exercise like running. Swimming is good.
Once
Use splints and braces
Once
Try drugs like naproxen to help you get through pain and exercise more
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Someone i know has a degenerative disc between L5 and s1 and arthritis in facet joints there. Any help besides fusion and meds? Please help. Thank you

Someone i know has a degenerative disc between L5 and s1 and arthritis in facet joints there. Any help besides fusion and meds? Please help. Thank you

Facet pain and DDD: Degenerative changes occur in the spine like wrinkles to skin. Most do not need surgery. Nsaid's, tylenol, ice/heat, salonpas hot patches, pilates/yoga/piyo are non-medical options. Mckenzie pt is a great program, but requires a doc's rx. Bracing can help pain in some patients, but is expensive. Tens is a glorified heating pad, but if it helps there is no harm. Look for a diam investigation site. ...Read more

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Have had prolapsed disc between L5/S1 for several years, what type of neurological symptoms could this cause?

Have had prolapsed disc between L5/S1 for several years, what type of neurological symptoms could this cause?

None or: sciatica. Usually the back pain resolves with time. Sometimes there is muscle weakness or loss. May have numbness in the L5 or S1 nerve root distribution. With the diabetes, I would get an NCV-EMG to sort out what symptoms are due to neuropathy vs. radiculopathy. ...Read more

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Living with Degenerative Arthritis (Checklist)

Avoid running and jumping -- just walk
0 Min, Daily, forever
Don't gain weight
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Take Tylenol/NSAID before exercise
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Grade I spondylolisthesis and degenerative diffusely bulging disc at l5-s1 with bilateral foraminal stenosis, what to do?

Grade I spondylolisthesis and degenerative diffusely bulging disc at l5-s1 with bilateral foraminal stenosis, what to do?

Depends: Grade I L5S1 spondylolisthesis and bilateral foraminal stenosis- no intervention needed if no referable symptoms. Otherwise, physical exam including neurologic function to rule out neurologic deficits. With no referable significant deficit, physical therapy is usually a good start. ...Read more

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Living with Degenerative Arthritis (Checklist)

Lose weight.
once
Regular low impact cardiovascular exercise.
daily
Light weight training.
daily
Glucosamine/Chondroitin supplementation.
daily
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Had lumbar MRI for acute butt pain. Says " loss of disc height seen at the l4/5 and l5/s1 levels. Degenerative changes of the sacroiliac joints.

Had lumbar MRI for acute butt pain. Says " loss of disc height seen at the l4/5 and l5/s1 levels.  Degenerative changes of the sacroiliac joints.

Coccydinia: Degenerating discs in the lumbar spine lose elasticity and cushioning which can lead to tail bone pain. Cortisone injections (caudal block) along with physical therapy and bracing can help reduce the pain. See a neurosurgeon to identify the source of the pain. ...Read more

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