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Can a herniated bulging disk heal on its own?

Can a herniated bulging disk heal on its own?

Yes!: Most lumbar disc herniations tend to heal on their own. Anti-inflammatory medication and traction type of therapy often helps to relieve the pain. The herniated disc often takes up to 3 months to heal. Seek medical attention if there is progressive pain, inability to walk, numbness, weakness, or any changes with bowel/bladder function. ...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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Does fluoroscopy heal a bulging disc?

Does fluoroscopy heal a bulging disc?

No: Fluoroscopy is a technique to get x-ray images that can be done live. It is used for diagnosis and as an aid during procedures. Like x-rays and ct scans it involves the use of radiation to obtain images of the body. ...Read more

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Can a second disc herniation heal without surgery?

Can a second disc herniation heal without surgery?

Can occur: There is evidence that a ruptured disc tends to desiccate and shrink over 9-10 months in many patients if no further trauma occurs. Issue however, is compromised if progressive symptomatic deterioration requiring more rapid interventions. ...Read more

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How do a herniated disc and a bulging disc differ?

They are similar: Usually a bulging disc refers to a disc that is starting to break down. Like an old tire, part of the disc weakens and begins to protrude into the spinal canal. A herniated disc is one that has popped and the contents of the disc rupture into the canal. Sometimes they are used interchangeably since they are similar. ...Read more

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How can I heal from a bulging disc injury?

Yes: Bulging discs are part of aging. They are harmless for the most part. They can pop out after an injury but most of them just pop out just like that (without any significant trauma). Yes, they often "heal" themselves - and will not be visible on a followup MRI a year or so later. In general, discs degenerate and shrink over the years that's why we get shorter when we get older. ...Read more

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Does a disc annular repair itself in a l5-s1 bulging disc case?

Does a disc annular repair itself in a l5-s1 bulging disc case?

Yes!: We never see them in older adults. Even for full blown herniations, the discs repair... http://casereports.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/bcr-2013-201037. ...Read more

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Could spinal decompression heal a bulging disc?

Could spinal decompression heal a bulging disc?

Depends: If you mean getting into a machine and getting pulled into traction there is no good scientific data that supports this. It can be very expensive and insurance companies do not cover it. ...Read more

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How often does a bulging disc progress to herniation?

No often: Once diagnosed, if treated properly, the symptoms, of a buldging disc will settle down. Over time the disc may shrink back towards normal. Barring a new incident is should not herniate. ...Read more

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Can all disc bulges recover shape and decompress nerves over time? How to determine if a disc is ruptured, aside from discogram?

Can all disc bulges recover shape and decompress nerves over time? How to determine if a disc is ruptured, aside from discogram?

Short answer - no: Not all disc bluges or herniations will decompress or recover shape. Some of them may remain stable and not change or become worse depending on a variety of factors. If you'd like to know the stability of your disc bugles and their effect on nerves, you should see a neurologist. He or she may recommend an MRI of your spine to document changes over time. ...Read more

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Does a bulging disc / minor herniation repair itself over time?

Yes: Many can get better with time and conservative care within 6-8 weeks. Check out Spine-health.com. ...Read more

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Can a herniated disc heal on its own?

Can a herniated disc heal on its own?

Yes: Start with physical therapy and core conditioning. At some point an epidural steroid injection might be helpful. If all else fails and your symptoms impact your activities of daily living, surgery can be curative. I would suggest seeing a spine surgeon with expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery if it comes to that. ...Read more

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Will exercise help a bulging lumbar disc?

Will exercise help a bulging lumbar disc?

Yes: Bulging discs are seen in normal individuals. A routine exercise program can help with lower back pain. See your physician before starting any new exercise program. ...Read more

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Do bulging discs or herniated disc heal?

Do bulging discs or herniated disc heal?

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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Can herniated discs heal without surgery?

Can herniated discs heal without surgery?

Yes: Symptoms can subside overtime but may require activity adjustments to live with. Disc material has alot of waetr content and this can be reabsorbed the volume shrinks putting less pressure on nerve. The nerve calms down the leg pain improves. ...Read more

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Is it possible for spinal decompression to heal a bulging disc?

Is it possible for spinal decompression to heal a bulging disc?

Yes: There are definite case reports of patients who have medium sized disc bulges that have healed over time without surgery and with good physical therapy including spinal decompression tables. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a herniated bulging disk to heal on its own without surgery?

Herniated disk: Most herniated discs heal on their own. Initial rest, physical therapy and anti inflammation medication all work to speed up the healing time. Surgery is reserved for discs that don't respond to the above interventions with continued uncontrollable pain or motor deficit. ...Read more

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Can a small anular disc tear heal?

Can a small anular disc tear heal?

Yes: Small tears can heal. You don't say much about your specific situation, but small tears, especially in younger individuals such as yourself, can heal and may not rehire surgery to correct. ...Read more

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Will a herniated disk go away by itself?

Will a herniated disk go away by itself?

Possibly: If the herniation is acute (just happened) a common course is that these issues resolve on their own within 6-8 weeks. Often physical therapy and anti-inflammatories are important in the healing process. If the pain does not resolve with these conservative measures or is accompanied by lower extremity weakness/numbness you should seek the care of an expert as soon as possible. ...Read more

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