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Doctor insights on: Will Degenerated Disc Regenerate

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Do disks actually repair themselves in a degenerated spine?

Do disks actually repair themselves in a degenerated spine?

No: Disc do not regenerate. The damage is done once the degeneration starts, or herniation occurs. It is a form of arthritis, and that is a progressive problem. ...Read more

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How long can spinal stenosis n ruptured discs press on nerve roots before causing permanent damage?

How long can spinal stenosis n ruptured discs press on nerve roots before causing permanent damage?

Depends: Intense pressure can damage nerves instantly. Permanent damage may result if the nerves are not decompressed on time. Often, even large disc herniations may occur without any neuro damage to speak of. Ask your local neurosurgeon for an evaluation to discern if any nerves are at risk here. ...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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C4-c5, c5-c6 disc replacement surgery. Interbody cage fusion cause adjacent discs to degenerate but using mobi-c will not. True?

C4-c5, c5-c6 disc replacement surgery. Interbody cage fusion cause adjacent discs to degenerate but using mobi-c will not. True?

Maybe: A theoretical advantage of artificial disk replacement is reduction in risk of other disks degenerating. Fusion is associated with this problem, but it is only one factor. Disk replacements in the neck do well, but may not always prevent disk problems at other levels. Ongoing research looking at long term outcomes are needed to answer this question. Early results are promising. ...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 bone spurs and disc bulges of the cervical spine disappear over 6 years?

Can bone spurs and disc bulges of the cervical spine disappear over 6 years?

Usually no.: These findings are typically produced from longstanding wear and tear and do not spontaneously resolve. ...Read more

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Spinal MRI- multilevel disk & facet degen. scar tissue encasing S1,roots, Bulges &herniations, flat vent. dural sac, narrow foramin/spinal. Bad pain?

Spinal MRI- multilevel disk & facet degen. scar tissue encasing S1,roots, Bulges &herniations, flat vent. dural sac, narrow foramin/spinal.  Bad pain?

Degenerative disease: These findings may be the cause of your back pain. But how to take care of the pain is a whole other concern. You may do well with a combination of pain pills, muscle relaxants, physical therapy, and pain patches or liniments. Rheumatologists and orthopedists can give injections after doing tests to pinpoint the location and mechanism of the pain, such as pinched nerves. Lastly operation if need ...Read more

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MRI: L3/L4-disc bulging abuts thecal sac, superimposed facet degenerative changes, loss disc height. Could my L4-S1 fusion have made worse?

MRI: L3/L4-disc bulging abuts thecal sac, superimposed facet degenerative changes, loss disc height. Could my L4-S1 fusion have made worse?

There is a condition: known as adjacent segment disease in which a fusion may lead to altered spine mechanics and place increased load on the next adjacent spine segment but there may also be a genetic basis for this -it may also be due to smoking as well as to being obese . May need to also focus on core strength ending exercises but talk to your surgeon too ...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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Undergoing drx9000 spinal decompression for a moderately degenerated disc. I read that the machines can actually further disc damage? Is that true?

Undergoing drx9000 spinal decompression for a moderately degenerated disc. I read that the machines can actually further disc damage? Is that true?

Second opinion: With any disc manipulation you want to second and third and so on opinion. You want to discuss this with a neurologist, a neurosurgeon, a pain specialist, a radiologist and so on. You only have one spine. ...Read more

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

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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Mri of cervical spine says there is disc space desiccation from c3c4 through c5c6 intervertebral disc space level. What does it mean?

Mri of cervical spine says there is disc space desiccation from c3c4 through c5c6 intervertebral disc space level. What does it mean?

Degenerative change: Means that the disc, which is a sort of "cushion" between the vertebral bodies, is losing elasticity due to chemical alterations in its substance, generally associated with aging and wear and tear. It is an early manifestation of degenerative disc disease/arthritis. Very common, likely not to cause symptoms as an isolated finding. No treatment per se, no follow up if this is the only finding. ...Read more