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What is the recovery time for a disc bulge?

What is the recovery time for a disc bulge?

Various: A disc bulge can be variable in size and more of a problem in certain areas than others. Did you injure it? Was it spontaneous? Do you suffer local pain, areas of numbness, referred pain or muscular dysfunction? After evaluation by your orthopedic surgeon, and institution of proper medication and physical therapy, the bulge should gradually improve over a period of weeks to months. ...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 the recovery time for a bulging disc?

What is the recovery time for a bulging disc?

SPORT study : Variable, conservative therapy includes anti inflammatory meds, physical therapy, and epidural injections. Last resort always surgery. Check out google search sport study dartmouth for one study on the topic. ...Read more

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What is the normal recovery time for a bulging disc?

What is the normal recovery time for a bulging disc?

Same as back pain as: Bulges are fairly normal findings on an imaging study and are not sources of the pain. So there is no indication to operate on a disc that is only bulging as its only finding or presentation. Therefore, the pain source is not likely to be this but most typical back pains-even ones due to a disc herniation get better within weeks with 90% treated without any surgery. ...Read more

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Pt says possible for disc bulge to shrink over time. How? Same case as with degenerated disc?

Pt says possible for disc bulge to shrink over time. How? Same case as with degenerated disc?

Weeks to Months: Generally most people can get relief from sciatic pain doing the conservative care within 3-6 weeks. If it persists after that, it can take up to 6 months to heal by itself. Consider core strengthening exercises while you are on your own at home. You may still be a candidate for epidural steroid injections that may help relieve the pain while your body heals itself. ...Read more

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I had a disc bulge thelcasm from one year am using medicines since 7 months but still no results some times less pain some time more pain can you?

I had a  disc bulge thelcasm from one  year am using medicines since 7 months but still no results some times less pain some  time more pain can you?

Try exercise: Have you undergone physical therapy? Sometimes training your back muscles and other conservative approaches can provide stability to the vertebrae and may have a beneficial impact. See your physician and ask whether physical therapy is right for you. If you develop new neurologic symptoms from the herniated disc, see your physician sooner. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/herniateddisk.html ...Read more

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Mri shows disc bulge at l4/l5. Will disc return to normal position with time n stretches? What caused it? Does it mean more danger of it herniating?

Mri shows disc bulge at l4/l5. Will disc return to normal position with time n stretches? What caused it?  Does it mean more danger of it herniating?

Part of Aging Proces: Bulging discs are very common especially as we age. That same MRI probably also showed some loss of water content in the discs. Bulging discs are usually asymptomatic and don't go on to herniate. Bulging discs do not return to a non-bulging configuration. ...Read more

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What is the best procedure to fix an aneurism and bulging disk on L3 and L4 section on the spine, and followup recovery?

What is the best procedure to fix an aneurism and bulging disk on L3 and L4 section on the spine, and followup recovery?

Depends on size: Assuming you're talking about an abdominal aortic aneurysm, this is unrelated to bulging discs, although each can cause back pain. If aneurysm is under 5 cm, it usually is not treated. If over 5 cm it is treated either by a stent or open operation to replace aorta with graft. Bulging disc treatment depends on symptoms. Evaluate by spinal surgeon. ...Read more

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Does a l5-s1 bulging disk fully heal over time? If it does, how long does it approximitly take to heal? There is a slight tingling in my heel.

Does a l5-s1 bulging disk fully heal over time? If it does, how long does it approximitly take to heal? There is a slight tingling in my heel.

No: Bulging discs never unbuge by themselves. It is possible that symptoms attributed to the bulging disc may resolve over a period of weeks to months. This happens when swelling is the primary cause of irritation of nerve roots causing sciatica. As swelling subsides the symptoms resolve. If the disc is herniated ( excessive bulging) and it causes paralysis and severe pain; it often needs surgery. ...Read more

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Is there any food that helps disc bulge heal?

Is there any food that helps disc bulge heal?

Back pain: No specific food helps, but it is important to have a nutritious diet and regular exercise. Yoga may help. ...Read more