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What kind of doctor treats back pain such as herniated discs?

What kind of doctor treats back pain such as herniated discs?

A Few Specialties!: Most back pain never requires surgery or even expensive testing or treatments. The best at sorting this out are specialists in physical medicine ; rehabilitation. Other specialists that are the most skilled at using non-operative treatment include non-surgeon sports medicine docs and rheumatologists. If you end up needing spinal injections or surgery, these doctors will know who to send you to! ...Read more

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What type of doctor treats herniated disks?

What type of doctor treats herniated disks?

Pain or Spine Doc: Spine specialists or pain specialists and spine surgeons are all types of doctors that can treat herniated disks. ...Read more

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Diagnosed herniated discs and doctors scared to prescribe narcotics. Looking for safe legal insurance scrip?

Diagnosed herniated discs and doctors scared to prescribe narcotics. Looking for safe legal insurance scrip?

Not on Health Tap: Health Tap is not the place for you either . Unfortunately, Narcotics are not Rx'd over the computer, nor should they be. You need to see a good back Dr. or pain specialist and get treated properly, diagnosed and provided with options that can help, including injections, Physical therapy, and medication management that will be deemed appropriate by the treating Doctor. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Have herniated discs L-4&L-5, also DDD. I've not been able to straighten out to an upright position going on day 2 now. Doctor suggested shot in back.

Have herniated discs L-4&L-5, also DDD. I've not been able to straighten out to an upright position going on day 2 now. Doctor suggested shot in back.

Its worth a trt!: The injection your Doctor is talking about is cortisone which will either be placed in the facets(joints) in your spine (where the DDD is!) or in a space which surrounds the nerves pinched by your discs (Epidural or "ESI" injection) This may be done in one or several sessions Hope this helps Good luck Dr Z ...Read more

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Why might doctors be hesitant to perform surgery on a 29-year-old with herniated discs?

Why might doctors be hesitant to perform surgery on a 29-year-old with herniated discs?

Usually resolves : Good surgeons will not operate on a young person or anyone for that matter unless pain and/or symptoms worsen or the pain is unbearable because the studies show that two years out the surgery and non-surgery patients do equally well. It is best to avoid surgery whenever possible. ...Read more

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I would like to know opinions about what kind of surgery to have on my lumbar spine. I have spinal stenosis and a couple of herniated discs.

I would like to know opinions about what kind of surgery to have on my lumbar spine. I have spinal stenosis and a couple of herniated discs.

Spinal surgery: The most common surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis is laminectomy which removes bone from the spine to remove pressure from the nerves. Depending on your particular imaging studies and symptoms you may need something different such as discectomy or fusion. ...Read more

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How painful are herniated discs?

Varies: Pain from a herniated disc can be severe with symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the back, buttocks, upper leg and lower leg. On the other end of the spectrum, there can be little or no pain to a herniated disc. Be sure to see your doctor if you are suspicious of a herniated disc. ...Read more

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Can an active sex life affect herniated discs at s1-l5 ?

Can an active sex life affect herniated discs at s1-l5 ?

It should not: Paying attention to proper body mechanics, and avoiding very extreme positions will minimize low back issues. But normal active sexual activities should not have any effect on l5-s1 herniated disc. ...Read more

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Is chiropractic medicine ok for herniated discs or should I consult an MD?

Is chiropractic medicine ok for herniated discs or should I consult an MD?

Be cautious: If you do indeed have a ruptured disc, things could get worse if a chiropractor were to institute high velocity, high amplitude manipulative therapy. Many chiropractors would avoid this approach, but many would NOT. Risk of complications can ensue. See your doctor, have a spine surgeon evaluate you, and if you are still intent on chiropractic, get 2 opinions regarding how they propose to treat. ...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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Degenerative spine in mid back, and herniated discs in low back. How serious are these?

Degenerative spine in mid back, and herniated discs in low back. How serious are these?

Depends: Most patients with degenerative disease, disc herniations/bulges, facet disease, foraminal stenosis, and spondylosis will not need surgery. The surgery is usually for patients with cord compression (thoracic or neck spine) or symptoms associated with some level of disability form normal life. In short, if you are doing well and don't have spinal cord compression, you will not likely need surgery. ...Read more

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What are the best exercises for herniated discs in lower back (L4&L5). Injury is 5 years old and I am 25.

What are the best exercises for herniated discs in lower back (L4&L5). Injury is 5 years old and I am 25.

McKenzie therapy: Search for certified therapist at McKenzieMDT.org and find someone who lives close to you. About 95% of my patients get better with McKenzie ...Read more

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For a 19 year old who received herniated discs from rugby, is it possible to return to playing without surgery?

For a 19 year old who received herniated discs from rugby, is it possible to return to playing without surgery?

Yes: Depending on the extent and severity of a herniated disc problem, there is always a possibility of a patient returning to their normal level of function while being treated conservatively (without surgical intervention). All the best! ...Read more

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Dr told me today that I have herniated discs in my neck but i can barely move and have severe pain. Any advice what to do? Dr said rest is all?

Dr told me today that I have herniated discs in my neck but i can barely move and have severe pain. Any advice what to do? Dr said rest is all?

Ask for a referral: Depends on what specialty the doctor is who gave that advice and what your imaging shows as to who they would refer you to see. Usually, disc herniations in the neck can be treated with rest, anti-inflammatory medications (nsaid's or steroids), pain medication, interventional pain management (shots), physical therapy, chiropractic care, and if all else fails surgical decompression. ...Read more

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