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What Can Be Done For Bulging Disc In Neck
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
Time, meds, exercise: Most disc herniations get better with time, 90%. Activity modification with guided exercise, medication and epidural steroid injections are options and if no better after 12 weeks, surgery may be an option. Lifestyle changes like not smoking, not being obese and regularly exercising will minimize any future back problems as well as taking adequate vitamin d and calcium. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Nonop v surgery: Like a lot of disc herniations, they are found frequently in people with no pain & when the cause of symptoms they are treated non surgically with time, medication, activity modification, guided exercise & life style changes. Epidural steroid injections are an option. When pain does not get better & severe enough &/or creating neurologic issues then surgery which can be done several ways. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Standard approach for cervical disc surgery is to remove it through the front of neck excavating it from the spinal cord allowing for safe approach & excellent decompression but now you have to stabilize the spine by fusing it. An alternative to a fusion is an artificial disc. Occasionally, disc herniation can be fixed from posterior approach without fusion if it is very lateral or to the side. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How concerned should I be about severe neuro foraminal canel narrowing with 2 herniated discs and nerve root impingement all in the neck?
Cervical stenosis: Cervical stenosis or narrowing of the spinal canal and the neural foramina is caused by degeneration of the disc spaces, ruptured discs, and overgrowth of the joints. This is arthritis of the neck and can cause neck pain, headaches, and arm pain. Compression of the spinal cord is cause for concern but nerve root impingement alone is only of concern if there is weakness or atrophy in the arm. ...Read more
Kyphotic lordosis and 4 bulging disc seen in mri. Could this be the cause for my neck, shoulder and upper back pain? What could the pain b from?
Yes: If you have 4 bulging discs in your neck they could cause all the symptoms you just described on both sides. If it was a c4 disc bulge that can also cause all the symptoms you just described. Lastly looking at your age, i would surprised to see a lot of pathology but it is possible. If this was related to a car accident, it could also be whiplash injury as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had a MRI done they suspect a bulging disc in my c spine. My question is if this in fact a bulging disc what can I do about pain. In neck& head?
Multiple options: First, it can be diagnosed in up to 20% of people over 60. Sometimes this is picked up on a study because it is common & may not be the source of your symptoms. If it is your correct diagnosis, exercise sometimes initiated with physical therapy, over the counter medication or perscription ones &/or injections like epidural steroids may help. Most don't get worse, only about 15% do. Surgery last. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
4 bulging disc in the neck. Could this be touching a nerve cause shoulder, arm and upper pain that was not seen on an mri? How can I find out if it is
Pinched nerve in shoulder,neck and armpit .Had this before,took an MRI picture,no herniated disks!! Can muscles cause this? What is the treatment?
Different causes: Pain radiating down the neck to the shoulders levels, is very often generated by the cervical facets, usually the last 3- C4-5, C5-6 C6-7. A compressed nerve root gives you a radiculopathy down the arm but thecause of compression may be a herniated disc,a neuroforaminal stenosis or a hypertrophied cervical facet that narrows the neuroforamina, or it can be compressed anywhere else down the path ...Read more
How is a facet injection done in the neck? And when is it donw? Can a cervical MRI show a root nerve impingement in the neck? Please help
X-Ray Flouroscopy: Facet Joint Injection is done under x-ray guidance with special equipment to help guide the needle. Its done for neck pain due to facet joint arthritis or facet syndrome/whiplash. MRI may show nerve root impingement, however the limitation the MRI has is its a static image and unfortunately your spine and discs move so can't see that movement. Consider Weight-bearing MRI for better clarity. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What can be done for a nerve irritation in the neck from a bulging disk at C4 and c5? Can that cause burning and numbness pain? Please help
If having 2 discs in your neck that are bulging shouldn't be a source of pain, then what could be causing my neck pain?
Muscle, tendon maybe: It is hard to tell. When you discuss this with your physician see what else the exmination shows. The discs may be the culprit but there are other causes to consider. Your evaluation should look for other causes than the discs. They may not be there but you need a comprehensive evaluation of other possible causes. ...Read more
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