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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's the best treatment to get rid of herniated disk?

What's the best treatment to get rid of herniated disk?

Depends: A herniated disk is only problematic when it puts pressure onto a spinal nerve, resulting in pain, numbness, and/or weakness in the nerve distribution. As we age, most people develop disk bulges and herniations that are expected aging changes and do not produce symptoms or warrant treatment. Most symptomatic herniations can be treated without surgery, however a small percentage may need surgery. ...Read more

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Can you have too much treatment for a herniated disk?

If you had surgery: Since 90% od disc herniations resolve non operatively, surgery is often over indicated and then this is too much treament! ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for herniated disk?

Which treatment works the best and fastest for herniated disk?

Depends: There is no "one best" treatment for a herniated disk. Most normal, healthy people with no back pain have detectable bulges in some of their disks so we know that not every herniated disk even needs treatment. You should see you doc and together design a treatment plan that treats your symptoms and gets you back as close as possible to your desired activity level. ...Read more

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Best possible treatment fr herniated disk at the back with severe pain?

Best possible treatment fr herniated disk at the back with severe pain?

Needs evaluation 1st: If you've had the proper evaluation, been through physical therapy, medications to control pain, etc....and you are now bedbound and immobile with pain and maybe even some leg muscle weakness....time for surgery. Otherwise, I would continue to do things conservatively, try aquatherapy, water jogging, stretching, yoga, massages, etc. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what are available treatment options for herniated disk at c6-c7?

There are a few: Non surgical treatment includes physical therapy, oral medications, traction and epidural steroids. Surgery includes disc arthroplasty(artificial disc placement) or fusion of the affected levels. ...Read more

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Herniated disk, scoliosis, degenerative disk disease and sciatica. In pain what's the best treatment?

Herniated disk, scoliosis, degenerative disk disease and sciatica. In pain what's the best treatment?

Start w conservative: Start w conservative treatment including physical therapy, epidural injection at the site of the nerve root irritation, and bracing as needed for pain relief. Core strengthening is very important. Surgery may be needed if all else fails. A good physical exam, history, and review of various imaging studies go into deciding what surgery you may need. Please keep us updated. ...Read more

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My Brother 28 went Dr Friday w/ back pain told was Sciatica, Today went to Hospital by Ambulance. MRI show herniated disk. What is treatment for this?

My Brother 28 went Dr Friday w/ back pain told was Sciatica, Today went to Hospital by Ambulance. MRI show herniated disk. What is treatment for this?

Sciatica.: Sciatica is the symptom complex that results from a herniated disc that compresses the sciatic nerve. Management depends on how bad the herniation is and how many herniations there are in total. Could be physical therapy, NSAIDs and muscle relaxers, injections or even minor or major surgical procedures. He should bring his MRI to a spine specialist for a consultation. ...Read more

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Can a cerivcal herniated disk cause numbness and tingling in arms and legs? If so what is the best treatment?

Can a cerivcal herniated disk cause numbness and tingling in arms and legs?  If so what is the best treatment?

CDH : A bilateral posterior and central herniated cervical spine intervertebral disc can cause numbness and tingling in both the arms and legs. Other symptoms may or may not be present and signs and symptoms are not always symmetric. This would be consistent with myelopathy in which case you would want surgery soon. ...Read more

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Is there a homeopathic therapy for a herniated disk?

Is there a homeopathic therapy for a herniated disk?

Homeopathic therapy: Dr. Dowling has provided very helpful ideas for overall management of back pain. There are also homeopathic remedies that help back pain, spasms, tension, weakness, etc - any of which you might experience with a herniated disk. The specific remedy (out of many) you need is prescribed after careful casetaking by an experienced homeopath. It can relieve symptoms and support your healing. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disk and is there a homeopathic therapy?

No: When disc is herniated this means this weakness of the outside ring which holds the disc. So far I do not know any homeopathic treatment or this problem. ...Read more

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I don't know much about herbal medicine but don't have good insurance. Are there any plant treatments for herniated disk?

Herbal Rx for HNP: While herbal treatments have not been shown to have any direct effect on herniated discs, time may be your best friend as many disc herniations can resorb and get smaller spontaneously and not need surgery, epidural steroids may be more beneficial for pain control. A short period of rest followed by therapy is always warranted. Surgery is indicated for progressive pain or neurologic deficits. ...Read more

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Is a hernaited disk reversable? I have just started physical therapy. Will this fix the herniated disk or just help me to manage it?

Is a hernaited disk reversable? I have just started physical therapy. Will this fix the herniated disk or just help me to manage it?

Disc: herniated disks are not put back into place by PT but through PT and antiinflammatories they can be managed and many patients' symptoms resolve. ...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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What treatment is good for herniated disks?

What treatment is good for  herniated disks?

Usually no surgery: 90% of disc herniations get better without surgery. Treatment includes: activity modification, medication, physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, and time. Not all need to be done. In those that do not get better or have significant issues like a muscle weakness or symptom progression or bowel/bladder issues, surgery has a 90% success rate in a nonsmoker. ...Read more

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What treatment is recommened for herniated disks?

What treatment is recommened for herniated disks?

Conservative first: Unless you have weakness or a very large disc herniation, you should try physical therapy, medications, and epidural steroid injections first and allow the disc herniation to scar away from your nerve. Since I have not met you, i suggest you see your doctor with your films for a detailed analysis and conversation on the subject. ...Read more

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I have two herniated disks in my back and scoliosis. What are the treatment options?

Many: The answer depends on what exactly is causing your pain and where your pain is (back or leg or both). Not all herniated disks cause discomfort and not all back pain is caused by scoliosis. Your condition (and subsequent treatment options) would be best served by speaking with a spine surgeon to try discern what relation these anatomic findings have to do with your clinical symptoms. ...Read more

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An MRI shows I have two herniated disks in my neck that causes me pain often, what is the best treatment?

An MRI shows I have two herniated disks in my neck that causes me pain often, what is the best treatment?

Two directions: 1. If no direct effect on nerves or spinal cord, do not operate but use conservative p.T., and perhaps motorized cervical traction. An epidural steroid injection may help. Over time the disks may dessicate and shrink. 2. Nerve compression, spinal cord compressioin, indications for potential surgery. 3. Have spinal surgeon evaluate. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I have a herniated disk in my back and I have to get a cortisone shot, how risky is it?

Normally not very: However, i would wait a while until the issue of contaminated corticosteroid injections is completely solved... Actually, i don't know the status of that, check on the fda or cdc website for advice. ...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