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Doctor insights on: Things To Avoid After Lumbar Disc Herniation

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What exercises and spinal positions should I avoid if I have a lumbar disc herniation?

What exercises and spinal positions should I avoid if I have a lumbar disc herniation?

Several: Generally, you're going to want to avoid high impact exercises as they may worsen the herniation. Avoid rapid starts and stops. Emphasize exercises that gently stretch, like yoga, and remember to respect your body; when something causes you pain, don't do it. I would also strongly advise seeing someone who specializes in this type of problem. You need to fix it and not make it worse. ...Read more

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Lumbar (Definition)

The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more


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Can a lumbar disc herniation cause tingling in the back and neck?

Can a lumbar disc herniation cause tingling in the back and neck?

NO: A lumbar disc herniation will not cause tingling in the neck. In the cervical spine there is the spinal cord and nerve roots that supply the upper extremities. A disc herniation will not affect the spinal cord or cervical nerve roots. It may result in lower back pain. If lumbar nerve root is compressed/ irritated then you may experience pain, numbness and tingling of the lower extremities. ...Read more

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What typically happens with my lumbar disc herniation, if I don't go to see a doctor?

What typically happens with my lumbar disc herniation, if I don't go to see a doctor?

It usually heals: Most lumbar disc herniations tend to heal on their own. Anti-inflammatory medication and traction type of therapy often helps to relieve the pain. The herniated disc often takes up to 3 months to heal. Seek medical attention if there is progressive pain, inability to walk, numbness, weakness, or any changes with bowel/bladder function. ...Read more

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What is a iR 100 custom procedure exactly? I'm supposed to schedule on for my lumbar disc herniation L5-S1. Curious about actual details of procedure.

What is a iR 100 custom procedure exactly? I'm supposed to schedule on for my lumbar disc herniation L5-S1. Curious about actual details of procedure.

Back pain: Ask your surgeon to explain the procedure using your MRI studies, models of the spine, and brochures. Risks, benefits, and alternative treatments should be discussed as part of the informed consent. IR stands for interventional radiology. Apparently, a radiologist is perfoming your procedure. It is reasonable to ask how many of these procedures has her/she performed and the expected recovery. ...Read more

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Hi i am 24 my job is fym coach and i have lumbar disc herniation i would like i be informed adout what kind of problems could this cause to me life;?

Hi i am 24 my job is fym coach and i have lumbar disc herniation i would like i be informed adout what kind of problems could this cause to me life;?

What is FYM coach?: Disc herniations can range from causing NO SYMPTOMS & be entirely silent to causing pain, numbness, tingling, weakness in a limb, & many other symptoms that are odd or feel strange or even painful. The good news is there are many ways to address the problem aside from surgery. If you'd like a private consult please contact me @: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Enter Key Code: PDXFNR if prompted ...Read more

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Could a lumbar disc herniation cause tingling/throbbing sensations in the back and neck?

Could a lumbar disc herniation cause tingling/throbbing sensations in the back and neck?

Only in low back: Lumbar disc does not cause any neck symptoms. In the low back it can depending on which nerve roots it pinches in the back. ...Read more

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Can be treated lumbar disc herniation and cervical else besides surgery? What can happend if i allready have pain on my leg and i don't make surgery?

Radiculopathy: Sometimes disc herniation can be treated with pain medicine and physical therapy. The concern is that unstable disc material can cause more than pain, it can cause numbness and weakness. If there is unstable anatomy causing the problem, surgery may be the most effective treatment. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the right paracentral protruded disc herniation at lumbar 5 - sacral 1 is compressing the right sacral 1 root in the right lateral recess?

What does it mean if the right paracentral protruded disc herniation at lumbar 5 - sacral 1 is compressing the right sacral 1 root in the right lateral recess?

Anatomy: There is a right sided protruding disc between the L5 and S1 vertebrae which is pressing on the right S1 nerve. Typically this will cause pain and/or numbness down the back of the leg, into the side of the foot, and there may be weakness when trying to push down with your foot (i.e. pressing on the car accelerator). ...Read more

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Is a thoracic disc herniation usually more painful than of cervical or lumbar spine? Any harder 2 remove?

Is a thoracic disc herniation usually more painful than of cervical or lumbar spine? Any harder 2 remove?

Thoracic Disk: Pain is too subjective to answer, but to answer the second part of your questions, yes. Unlike the cervical spine, where the disk is pretty close to the skin, we can't easily remove a thoracic disk from the front, the heart and lungs are in the way. Unlike the lumbar spine, where the spinal cord has ended, the thoracic spine still contains the spinal cord. More risky and more difficult to remove. ...Read more

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Lumbar spine MRI shows:" The bone marrow signal is grossly homogeneous.There is no bone marrow edema,there is a left disc herniation." your suggestion?

Lumbar spine MRI shows:" The bone marrow signal is grossly homogeneous.There is no bone marrow edema,there is a left disc herniation." your suggestion?

The bone: marrow sounds normal. It is difficult to assess the significance of the disc herniations without additional details. Best bet is to talk to your doc about the results. ...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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What causes radiating pain from the lower back down into the legs, besides disc herniation?

What causes radiating pain from the lower back down into the legs, besides disc herniation?

Vascular disease: Peripheral vascular disease & spinal stenosis both can cause pain into both legs mimicking sciatic pain as can other issues like hip & knee arthritis. Other causes of nerve compression in the spine due to a tumor, infection or fracture can cause this pain. Bilateral pyriformis syndrome can also cause bilateral radiating leg pain. ...Read more

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Unable to abduct upper left leg due to worsening muscle weakness. Lower back pain x6 yrs. Mri spine "not bad" mild disc herniation l4/l5/s1. Now what?

Unable to abduct upper left leg due to worsening muscle weakness. Lower back pain x6 yrs. Mri spine "not bad" mild disc herniation l4/l5/s1. Now what?

If muscle weakness: You should be evaluated by spine specialist. Either neurosurgery or orthopedic spine fellowship trained doctor who can relieve the pressure on the nerve by that disc. Assuming you have had conservative care, including physical therapy, possible injections by pain management, adjustment by chiropractor very briefly. ...Read more

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