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What happens if I do not get treatment for herniated disk?

What happens if I do not get treatment for herniated disk?

You save money and: You have a 90% chance of getting better on your own, the same success as if i were treating you non operatively although i could make you more comfortable physically and mentally while your body healed itself as well as giving you advice as to how to minimize its recurrence. ...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 should I do when medication isn't enough for a herniated disc?

What should I do when medication isn't enough for a herniated disc?

Several things : Time is biggest healer as 90% resolve with no surgery. Lifestyle changes like weight control, not smoking & regular exercise are important- core strengthening, cardiovascular & flexibility. This can be learned through physical therapy. Some people like to use inversion tables for traction or try acupuncture or even chiropractic . Epidural steroid injections an option & if warranted, surgery. ...Read more

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What should I do when medication isn't enough for a herniated disc?

What should I do when medication isn't enough for a herniated disc?

PT/Injections/Surger: Epidural injections, physical therapy could be helpful, when these fail with persisting symptoms more than 6-12 weeks, or progressive neurologic deficit, or bowel/bladder dysfunction then surgery is indicated. ...Read more

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What to do if I have physical therapy for herniated discs but it made the pain worse?

What to do if I have physical therapy for herniated discs but it made the pain worse?

Herniated disc : If physical therapy for the herniated disc makes the pain worse then stop it. Ask your physician for another nonoperative measure such as a cortisone shot with a pain management physician. If you exhaust all the nonoperative measures and the pain is limiting you in your daily activities then surgery may be indicated. ...Read more

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What you should do for a bulging disk?

What you should do for a bulging disk?

" bulging disk": Initial treatment for symptomatic bulging disc is conservative (eg physical therapy, non-opioid analgesics, etc.) and also addresses preventative measures. Depending on severity of the symptoms, injections for pain control may be utilized. For more severe cases, surgery may be indicated. The course of treatment is determined by symptoms and objective findings. ...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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If I do have a re herniation what will my surgeon do to correct it?

If I do have a re herniation what will my surgeon do to correct it?

Recurrent Hernias...: ...Are all-too-common. Repair can be a little trickier the 2nd time around. The cornerstone of rx is the use of artificial tissue (mesh), either via a laparoscopic or open approach. ...Read more

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What happens if I do not get my TMJ treated at 35?

No one knows.: There's no age limit for treating TMJ problems, and what may happen if it's not treated depends on what the problem is, how severe it is, and many other clinical findings. Most TMJ problems are self-limited....They get better on their own without specific treatment. However, if you've had it awhile (more than six months) it may become a chronic problem. Treatment now may keep it from getting worse. ...Read more

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What to do if I have mitral stenosis. is it getting worse?

What to do if I have mitral stenosis. is it getting worse?

Depends: mitral stenosis as it progresses causes the Left atrium to enlarge and can cause a-Fib . This can lead to increased pulmonary pressures which can lead to right heart failure. So there is a drop in cardiac out put from deceased pre-load and severe pulmonary hypertension leading to edema,ascites ,etc. The drs can do a surface echo,TEE,right and left heart cath to evaluate and time the surgery. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc at l5-s1. I suffer frecuently strong back pain. Planning to have surgery but i'm not sure what to do. What do you recommend?

Back surgery!!!: When faced with this question know that not all back pains are caused by a herniated disc & not all herniated discs require surgery. Guided pt, injections & other options may help. In severe cases, in cases where conservative care failed, in cases with neurological deficit, surgery may be the best & only option. If surgery needed, ask questions; don't be afraid to get pain relief sooner than later. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my cervical fusion failed do I have to pay to get it corrected?

What do you suggest if my cervical fusion failed do I have to pay to get it corrected?

Yes: If you have not fused and require another surgery, you will be expected to pay for your care. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if you don't get treatment for a hernia?

Could you tell me what happens if you don't get treatment for a hernia?

Hernias: Will enlarge and become painful or cosmetically unacceptable. If it becomes painful, then it can incarcerate to strangulate, so it becomes urgent that you undergo surgical repair. Show it to a surgeon for an opinion on when it needs to be repaired. ...Read more

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What could happen if you don't treat peroneal subluxation? How do you know if you have it and treatments?

What could happen if you don't treat peroneal subluxation? How do you know if you have it and treatments?

See a doctor: As I am sure you know the peroneal tendon travels down the outside portion of the leg and is held in place by strong connecti ve tissue. The tendon can displace after an ankle sprain or in activities where frequent turning is required. if not treated it may slip in and out of place which can be very uncomfortable. a sports medicine doc will fix it. ...Read more

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How do I no if i need back surgery from herniated disc?

How do I no if i need back surgery from herniated disc?

Ortho: A decision for or against disc surgery needs to be reached by an orthopedic specialist, after a thorough review and examination. Pros and cons need to be discussed with you so an informed decision can be reached. ...Read more

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Hello what do you do for a back spasm? It is debilitating

See the cause: Many reasons. If persistant would see your doc to see why. Metabolic and structural issues can cause. ...Read more

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I have a slipped disk and spinal stenosis. They want me to have surgery. What does this consist of?

Ask Surgeon.: Always best to run these questions by your operating surgeon. He/she will know exactly what is planned; keep in mind, that different surgeons may do things differently. Also best to be well-informed about the potential risk/complications associated with the planned procedure. Educate yourself about success rates and make sure you have enough help during your recovery period. Best wishes. ...Read more

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If I have a Spinal Headche, do I need to get the blood patch? What if I don't get it? What can I do?

If I have a Spinal Headche, do I need to get the blood patch? What if I don't get it? What can I do?

Increase fluids: Also try to lay still for a few hours to allow for the hole to close. The blood patch is an option. Call ahead to let the hospital know if you are coming in for this. ...Read more

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What to do if I have surgery for syringomyelia?

What to do if I have surgery for syringomyelia?

Response: Hope it turns out well. If you are unsure, get a second neurosurgical opinion. There are some surgeons who have loads of experience in this area, so, you might prefer a respected, skillful practitioner, who has performed many such procedures. ...Read more

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