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What kind of exercise is good for a herniated disc?

What kind of exercise is good for a herniated disc?

McKenzie: Talk to your therapist about mckenzie directional-preference based therapy. In most people excercises of lumbar extension help to centralize pain, but not the case in all people with disc herniations. Far lateral disc herniations tend to respond to lumbar flexion exercises better. Get formal evaluation to see what directional preference therapy best for you.

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Since I have a herniated disk what kind of exercise can I do to lose weight?

Since I have a herniated disk what kind of exercise can I do to lose weight?

Varies: Generally, cardiovascular exercises that do not aggravate symptoms are fine even if it means cross training ie swimming, treading water, walking, biking, elliptical, stairmaster but running could aggravate symptoms but not always but avoid rowing and any raquet sports and golf but walk the paths.

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What kind of doctor should I see for a herniated disc in my neck?

What kind of doctor should I see for a herniated disc in my neck?

Spine specialist: Spinal specialist, could be a neurosurgeon, or orthopaedic spine surgeon. Also for conservative managment, you can also see physiatrists. But remember having herniated disc does not mean you need treatment, unless it is symptomatic.

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Is yoga good for helping herniated disc pain?

Is yoga good for helping herniated disc pain?

Yes: Relaxation is important when there is symptoms from a herniated disc. Yoga can help relax and this could help release any additional pressure. Important to note that often other measures are needed to relief symotoms from disc herniation. This includes injections and surgery.

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Are anti-inflammatories good for herniated disc pain?

Are anti-inflammatories good for herniated disc pain?

Yes, very good: The following medications are used for the pain of a herniated disc: anti-inflamatories (both steroidal and non-steroidal), analgesics, narcotics, anti-depressants, muscle relaxants, and anti-seizure medications. In term of both back pain and extremity pain, the anti-inflamatories work the best. Adding a narcotic for a limited time is appropriate in the acute setting.

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Would seated pec fly be safe exercise to do with degenerated/herniated disc?

Would seated pec fly be safe exercise to do with degenerated/herniated disc?

Depends: That depends on where the herniation is: cervical, thoracic, or lumbar. More in fo isneeded.

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What type of doctor is needed for herniated disc?

A spine specialist: This could be a physiatrist, orthopedic spine surgeon, neurosurgeon and sometimes even your family practicioner can help. The good news is that most disks will heal with little medical involvement required; treatment with physical therapy, anti inflammatories and sometimes spinal injections are useful to help resolve the problem.

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What are good exercises for l4-l5 herniated disc?

What are good exercises for l4-l5 herniated disc?

Careful exercise: Start by avoiding prolonged positioning ; repetitive twist or bend maneuvers. If you had physical therapy, resume exercises. Use of otc medication will help control symptoms. Cardio workouts may help except for rowing ; maybe running. If did not have physical therapy, you may want to get a session to learn exercises. Weight control ; not smoking are key. Core exercises like yoga ; pilates.

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What is a good treatment for herniated disc in back?

What is a good treatment for herniated disc in back?

First, lifestyle : Changes in terms of not being a smoker, staying trim, regular exercise (emphasis on core strength ) & regular sleep habits. Most are treated non op with back support, pt, medication & pain management options which could include: epidural steroid injections, 90% are treated without surgery and if surgery is needed 95% success rate when leg pain worse than back pain and a nonsmoker.

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I heard that herniated disc patients shouldn't perform knee to chest exercise is it true?

Probably not: Bringing your knees to your chest increases the pressure within the disc and should usually be avoided. If you have back pain from dysfunction of the facet joints, sacroiliac joints or muscles, then knee-to-chest is ok.

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Is there a type of surgery that can be done for bulging herniated disc and tore disc? Also could one of these be causing LOTS of SEVERE pain??

Is there a type of surgery that can be done for bulging herniated disc and tore disc? Also could one of these be causing LOTS of SEVERE pain??

Spine specialist: The two most common surgeries are decompression and discectomy. However, back surgery might be an option if conservative treatments failed and your pain is persistent, debilitating and disabling. Ask a spine specialist about potential complications and best combination of treatment options.

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What type of doctor do I see for a herniated disc in my neck.?

What type of doctor do I see for a herniated disc in my neck.?

Neurosurg or ortho: Both neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons with a spine fellowship are capable to perform the diagnostic workup that includes a history, physical and MRI interpretation. Both of these specialties also understand the various conservative treatments such as chiropractic, pt, pain management, and acupuncture. Your surgeon should be able to transcend the bias to operate and provide optimal care.

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What kind of treatment can I expect for a herniated disc at t7, and will I still be able to play football?

What kind of treatment can I expect for a herniated disc at t7, and will I still be able to play football?

Time: 90% of thoracic disc herniations require no treatment. Tincture of time will be the number one treatment. I noticed that you are listed as 46 years of age, so what type of football are you playing? If just flag or touch football, then you can return once your symptoms have improved, but do so gradually. Make sure you tolerate running, changing directions, catching passes, etc. Before competition.

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What kind of specialist should I see about siatica I suspect I got herniated disc chiropractor or spine doctor ? What one if best to get MRI through ?

If you have: symptoms of a herniated disk with radiculopathy(sciatica) you should probably be evaluated by a spine specialist, which could be a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon.

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Carpal Tunnel left wrist. Shoulder bursitis left shoulder. Both hands going numb. C-4 herniated disc. What kind of doctor to see?

Carpal Tunnel left wrist. Shoulder bursitis left shoulder. Both hands going numb. C-4 herniated disc. What kind of doctor to see?

Start with spine : I would recommend to start with the spine problem first. The carpal tunnel may be secondary to the spine issue.

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I have a herniated disc in my lower back (l5-s1). Is it safe to do spinning as exercise?

Depends: Spinning is an excellent, low impact activity. For patients with a herniated disk, it can be safe as long as it doesn't worsen symptoms.

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A herniated disc and thinking about surgery at laser spine institute. Disc replacement. Safe? Good institue?

A herniated disc and thinking about surgery at laser spine institute. Disc replacement.  Safe? Good institue?

Surgery: all surgeries care a risk. i know little about the laser spine institute. i would always recommend a second opinion

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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