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What can be done for the pain of a herniated disk?

What can be done for the pain of a herniated disk?

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 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 is done for a herniated disk in the thoracic area?

What is done for a herniated disk in the thoracic area?

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 more

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Causes of herniated disk after anethesia from nerve block .Can this cause adisk C6 to herneate i had a artifical disk put in.I had blocks done forrsd?

Causes of herniated disk after anethesia from nerve block .Can this cause adisk C6 to herneate i had a artifical disk put in.I had  blocks done forrsd?

Degeneration: It is unlikely that a nerve block could cause herniation of vertebral disks. It is more likely that as we get older existing degereration in the spine could cause this. It is possible a cervical epidural could exacerbate an already present herniated disk. ...Read more

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What can be done about back and feet ache caused by herniated disk, when physiotherapy didn't work?

What can be done about back and feet ache caused by herniated disk, when physiotherapy didn't work?

Correct PT?: When people let me know that pt is not working my first question is who, where, and what was done during therapy. More often that not the treatment did not include an important intervention. Not all pt is made the same. Discuss this with your physician. If therapy has been appropriate then further evaluation or testing may be necessary to determine what part of the spine is causing the pain. ...Read more

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Going to ER for back injury. Will X-ray show herniated disk? MRIs not done in local ER, unsure if muscle or disk is problem.

Going to ER for back injury.  Will X-ray show herniated disk? MRIs not done in local ER, unsure if muscle or disk is problem.

Not X-rays MRI rec'd: MRIs for the lumbar spine are not usually urgent, thus it would be a good idea for you to see your primary care MD or a spine specialist who can order this. In young people usually back pain is a muscle issue as the discs are only likely to be bulging. The typical treatment is Physical therapy for core strengthening and muscle relaxants or anti-inflammatories as needed for symptomatic relief. ...Read more

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Do i need another back surgery? I have a herniated disk at l5-s1, i've been suffering for over 3 years now. I had a surgery in november of 2009, all that was done was scraping the calcium off of the nerve to relieve sciatica. It all started again 6 mont

Do i need another back surgery? I have a herniated disk at l5-s1, i've been suffering for over 3 years now.  I had a surgery in november of 2009, all that was done was scraping the calcium off of the nerve to relieve sciatica.  It all started again 6 mont

Pinched Nerve: Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...Read more

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Herniated disk on L5 and have dull achy pain on legs especially knees. MRI showed nerve not pinched but touching disc. Have done physical therapy ?

Herniated disk on L5 and have dull achy pain on legs especially knees. MRI showed nerve not pinched but touching disc.  Have done physical therapy ?

Incidental finding: Disc is an incidental finding that doesn't correlate clinically to your target symptoms, should be ignored better to look for another diagnosis a diagnostic injection can confirm generalized leg and knee ache atypical description for an L5 radiculopathy ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for an epidural steroid injection to alleviate the pain of a herniated disk?

How long does it usually take for an epidural steroid injection to alleviate the pain of  a herniated disk?

Steroid injection: It usually takes a few days for the steroid to be effective. There is a wide variation on the response to this injection & symptom relief. The duration of relief also varies. ...Read more

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Does the methylprednisolone dosepak take away the pain of a herniated disk?

Does the methylprednisolone dosepak take away the pain of a herniated disk?

Prednisone for pain: Prednisone is a temporary solution to help with an acute flare of your back pain. Some people who have herniated disk do not have pain and others have it chronically. When there is a flare or a worsening of pain, this can help but will not permanently make the pain go away. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Lumbar (Low Back) Herniated Disk (Definition)

A herniated disk is a medical condition in which the gel like disk between the bones of the spine squeezes out of its center position. ...Read more