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What Can Help For Pain From Herniated Disc
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
Most do on their own: Most herniated disks heal on their own, but is may take 3 to 6 months. Only 2% or so will go on to surgery. Sometimes injections will reduce symptoms to the point that surgery is not necessary. Try to live as normal as possible, avoiding uncomfortable positions and activities. It is probably best to avoid heavy lifting, bending, twisting for about a month. Otherwise, stay active. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Herniated Disk: The bones (vertebrae) that form the spine in your back are cushioned by small, spongy discs. When these discs are healthy, they act as shock absorbers for the spine and keep the spine flexible. But when a disc is damaged, it may bulge or break open. This is called a herniated disc. It may also be called a slipped or ruptured disc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Time, PT, surgery: Most herniated discs do not need to be fixed. They are not symptomatic and the body will adapt to them. If there is a symptomatic herniated disc, it will likely heal on its own. If persistent, mckensie pt can help. In rare cases of persistent leg pain with a herniated disc, surgery is the best way to remove the offending fragment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It depends: If there is potential for loss of function (muscle waisting in a limb) due to compression of the nerve root that supplies a group of muscles, if you are medically stable and considered to have good rehab potential. An experienced spine surgeon may, with your consent, offer surgery. Usually non surgical approaches precded this by days to months (traction, physiotherapy, medications). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Back and/or Leg Pain: Sciatica is pain in the distribution of the leg as a 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 1 more doctor answer
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