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Can you tell me about the best way to alleviate pain due to a bulging herniated disk that is causing sciatica nerve pain?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Time is the best

healer as the majority of disc issues improve but exercise guided by someone experienced in this area along with avoiding activities that aggravate symptoms such as bending and twisting along with prolonged positioning.
Get into shape by keeping trim, avoid smoking and develop a regular exercise regimen. Use of NSAIDs can help if no contraindications as well as epidural steroid injections too.

In brief: Time is the best

healer as the majority of disc issues improve but exercise guided by someone experienced in this area along with avoiding activities that aggravate symptoms such as bending and twisting along with prolonged positioning.
Get into shape by keeping trim, avoid smoking and develop a regular exercise regimen. Use of NSAIDs can help if no contraindications as well as epidural steroid injections too.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
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In brief: Stretching

Many times acute sciatic pain will resolves after stretching the area abit.
The muscles will loosen up and help resolve pain. If not, then consider further imaging studies to see which exact nerve in your spine is getting pinched for further treatment options.

In brief: Stretching

Many times acute sciatic pain will resolves after stretching the area abit.
The muscles will loosen up and help resolve pain. If not, then consider further imaging studies to see which exact nerve in your spine is getting pinched for further treatment options.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Justin Lo
Pain Management
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In brief: Sure

Assuming you don't have loss of nerve function (numbness, weakness of leg) you can start with conservative measures like pt, rest, anti-inflammatory meds, acupuncture.
If those fail you may want to try an epidural steroid injection. As a last resort you can consider surgery. An uncomplicated disc protrusion can be treated with a minimally invasive outpatient microdiscectomy - go get checked out.

In brief: Sure

Assuming you don't have loss of nerve function (numbness, weakness of leg) you can start with conservative measures like pt, rest, anti-inflammatory meds, acupuncture.
If those fail you may want to try an epidural steroid injection. As a last resort you can consider surgery. An uncomplicated disc protrusion can be treated with a minimally invasive outpatient microdiscectomy - go get checked out.
Dr. Justin Lo
Dr. Justin Lo
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