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What happens if you have a slipped disk in my lower back?

What happens if you have a slipped disk in my lower back?

Slipped disc?: Depends on wether your MRI results indicate a protruding disc or a herniated disc, and whether or not the involved disc material is encroaching on any nerves or you spinal cord. If you do not have a surgical lesion, then your treatment options are multiple, including but not limited to physical therapy, spinal manipulation, lumbar traction, weight reduction if applicable. Your dr. Should advise u. ...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 can I do if I have a slipped disc in my lower back?

Lumbar disk: Most disk herniations (slipped disk) will heal without surgery. Unfortunately healing can take up to 2 years. Weight control and core strengthening are the mainstay of treatment. Steroid injections for associated leg pain (sciatica) may be indicated. Surgery for persistent leg pain or leg weakness will decrease healing time. Back pain symptoms are common, but don't respond as well to surgery. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have a herniated disc in my lower back?

What does it mean if I have a herniated disc in my lower back?

Herniated disc: This means that one of the discs in your lumbar spine is protruding outside its normal area. This could be large or small. It could cause severe compression of the nerves or not at all. It can be very painful or not painful at all. What is means depends on your symptoms and exam and imaging. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a herniated disc or if its your sciatica nerve? I have sever pain in my lower back into my buttock area.

How can you tell if you have a herniated disc or if its your sciatica nerve? I have sever pain in my lower back into my buttock area.

MRI: If the MRI is negative for disc herniation then consider piriformis syndrome which comes with buttocks tenderness . Disc herniation would have numbness and tingling and pain below knee and increase in leg pain with straightening the affected leg while seated while herniation frequently cause foot numbness and weakness piriformis syndrome rarely does classic sciatica is leg pain ...Read more

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I am having a lot if low back pain that goes into the butt what could this be? I have a herniated disk at L5 s1

I am having a lot if low back pain that goes into the butt what could this be?  I have a herniated disk at L5 s1

Related to disc: Disc herniation at the l5-s1 level can produce back, buttock, leg and foot pain, weakness and numbness. If your pain is not better after physical therapy, have a re-evaluation by your doctor to see if you need further treatment. ...Read more

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I have a curve in my spine and theres pain in the lower part of my back do you know what the curve would be it spasms alot also?

I have a curve in my spine and theres pain in the lower part of my back do you know what the curve would be it spasms alot also?

Many type of curves: There r many types of curves in the spine: lordosis (backwards), kyphosis (forwards), scoliosis (sidewards). Depending on what segment is affected & how, they can all cause pain. Spasms are more often muscular problems, & may not be related to spinal curvaturl. See your doctor for referral to a local spine specialist and physiatrist (rehab doc) for better evaluation. Surgery is prob not needed yet ...Read more

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What to do if I have horrible back pain in my upper back, does it cound like a pinched nerve?

What to do if I have horrible back pain in my upper back, does it cound like a pinched nerve?

Perhaps...: Pinched nerves usually cause pain mostly but can also cause weakness and changes in sensation. When a 'pinched nerve' is in the cervical spine, these symptoms usually affect the arms, in the thoracic spine it wraps around the chest and abdomen, in lumbar spine it affects the legs. These may or may not be associated with some back pain. If your pain is horrible then you need to be seen and eval. ...Read more

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I have a bulging disc and degenerative disc disease in my lower back. I pulled a muscle in my lower back can that cause me to have knee pain with move?

Yes: yes, but @ age 25 deg disc disease is rather uncommon unless other factors involved . Back pain w/ nerve 'pinching' can cause knee pain BUT a good examination / history can normally distinguish between back and related nerve pain and a primary knee problem( tendinitis , kneecap ,etc.). My reccommation would be to see a board certified ORS if your symptoms persist . Best of Luck!! ...Read more

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Have a bulging disk in my lower back and the pain keeps getting worse what can I do to ease the pain?

Bulging disc: is a very common problem, affecting about 10-12% percent of the adult population in the US leading to nerve problem. Nerve impingement can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc or encroached upon by bony overgrowth. Rec.: see an interventional pain management specialist. It is a conservative non-surgical treatment. ...Read more

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What should I do to decrease pain on a herniated disk that's in my middle back?

What should I do to decrease pain on a herniated disk that's in my middle back?

Disc Herniation: Most herniated discs heal on their own--80%. For those that are too painful or fail to improve with pt, nsaid's, 6-18 weeks time, nerve blocks, other medications, then discectomy (plucking out the ruptured fragment) is very successful. In the neck, this is often accompanied by disc replacement or fusion. In the lumbar spine, discectomy is all that is necessary. ...Read more

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What can I do about a bulging disc in the lower back?

Options: Options include physical therapy, exercise, weight loss. The bulge is not inherently a problem. But pain may be the manifestation of the bulge. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc in my lower back and nothing seems to help relieve the pain?

Good evaluation : This is a very very frequent situation . It needs to be fully evaluated by a neurologist to understand the compromise you have and if it is progresive . If the pain you are having could be atributed to the disk and if you have advancement of the compression the treatment is surgical . Physical therapy analgesia and wimming are good alternative treatments. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a pain in my cervical spine and towards my left shoulder?

What to do if I have a pain in my cervical spine and towards my left shoulder?

Evaluate Neck: If you are not improving have your doctor order a cervical spine mri. Many times a herniated disc in the neck can cause shoulder/arm pain especially if you have not improved with the medications and physical therapy. If it is a herniated disc you may need evaluation from a spine specialist to determine what other options might be needed (injections, surgery, etc) to help reduce pain. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have a sharp pain in back of my foot, above the heel?

What do you suggest if I have a sharp pain in back of my foot, above the heel?

Sounds like : Achilles tendonitis. If it is, you may want to try a small heel lift, eccentric excercises and ice or epost salt soaks in warm water. ...Read more

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I have severe pain in my right hip and lower back (right side) as a result of a fall five days ago. What type of disc problem could i have?

I have severe pain in my right hip and lower back (right side) as a result of a fall five days ago.  What type of disc problem could i have?

As we get older, : It's common to have degenerative disc disease/ arthritis of the spine which may show up coincidentally in your x-ray. And it doesn't mean that your fall did this. Also herniated disc may also be seen which u may have prior to the incident or may have worsened after the fall.The pain u may have now is primarily from bruising of the bones and spinal roots. Follow up with your drs. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with a ruptured disc in my lower back. I have a lot of pain in lower back, leg, foot. What should I do? Chronic back pain

I have been diagnosed with a ruptured disc in my lower back. I have a lot of pain in lower back, leg, foot. What should I do? Chronic back pain

Integrative care: A herniated disc can cause back pain as well as foot pain by physically pressing on the nerves that travel to the foot and by irritating them through the extrusion of pro-inflammatory disc materials. Physical therapy and other conservative measures, including medication management, are considered first line treatment. If these fail, your physician may recommend epidural steroid injections. ...Read more

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I fractured my spine a little while back. Its in the lower area. What workouts can I do, if any?

I fractured my spine a little while back. Its in the lower area. What workouts can I do, if any?

Depends: Fractures vary in severity. Often injuries to the soft tissues around the bone (nerves, disks, ligaments, muscle) will have a big impact on the treatment and the outcome. Once healed, most can and should engage in exercise. Talk to your back specialist about suggestions specific to your injury. ...Read more