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What activities should I avoid if I have a herniated disc?

What activities should I avoid if I have a herniated disc?

Ones that cause pain: This is only in the acute phase. Over time, activity helps the herniated disc to heal. For example, if there are twins, one fat and one thin, the fat twin will have the better looking discs. Instead of thinking of activity as a problem, think of it as a solution! ...Read more

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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


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What activity should I avoid with a C5 C6 herniated disc?

as usual, it depends: The severity and location of the herniation as well as any neurologic compromise dictate what activities you should avoid. In general, any heavy lifting should be avoided. ...Read more

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What will fix a herniated disc, will I ever be able to go back to normal daily activities or will this pain last forever?

What will fix a herniated disc, will I ever be able to go back to normal daily activities or will this pain last forever?

It varies: Most herniated disks heal on their own. The leg pain usually subsides, but some chronic low back pain is common. The best thing most people can do is to be as normal as possible during the early phase, but limiting uncomfortable positions/activities, heavy lifting, bending, twisting. Low impact aerobic activity is excellent for low back health (30 minutes 3 times a week minimum). ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with herniated disc on L4/L5 and L5/S1 three months ago. Is it possible to still do weight training? If so, what to avoid?

I was diagnosed with herniated disc on L4/L5 and L5/S1 three months ago. Is it possible to still do weight training? If so, what to avoid?

Symptoms?: Need to know symptoms attributed to disc abnormalities? Its possible to return to weight room but why? Weight lifting does increase intra dscal pressure ...Read more

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Can sexual activities like ejaculation and orgasm cause worsening symptoms in patients with Spinal stenosis , Herniated disc , Bulging disc ?

Can sexual activities like ejaculation and orgasm cause worsening symptoms in patients with Spinal stenosis , Herniated disc , Bulging disc ?

Nothing permanent: Activity can affect these diseases but usually for the better. Exercise helps the problems but only a little. Bulging discs are rarely symptomatic so have at it. ...Read more

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Is it true that most people return to do the physical activities they love after a herniated disk surgery?

Yes it is: Yes after a discectomy surgery for herniated discs patients usually return to their usual activities following recovery from surgery. ...Read more

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What are the main exercises to avoid with a herniated disk?

What are the main exercises to avoid with a herniated disk?

Weight lifting: In general, weight lifting . A rowing machine as well if having active symptoms. Weight lifting on a bench with smaller loads and higher reps may be ok if not reproducing pain but any dead lifts or squats should be avoided. Running is ok unless it aggravates symptoms. ...Read more

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What is best for a moderate pain herniated disk, rest or activity? I waited a week before resuming running/incline walking and the pain is now worse.

Need to rest : Herniated disc syndrome can be very painful. Rest, MRI and maybe lumbar epidural could be the next treatment options for you . ...Read more

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How to know if I have a herniated disc?

MRI: Although a history and physical is the first step, a MRI is the most common imaging study used to diagnose a herniated disc. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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Can I have a herniated disc and not have any symptoms?

Yes: Not only can you, but the vast majority of herniated discs are not painful. We know this by looking at many mris of patients without back pain where many herniated discs are seen. Getting a herniated disc is like getting a cold or a headache. It is part of life. Some herniated discs can cause pain, however. The art of the evaluator is to discern whether your disc is what is causing your pain. ...Read more

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