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Does a herniated disk get worse over time?

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Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: May, but usually NOT

Epidemiology studies and long term follow up studies have shown that over a 10 year period, disc herniations gets better. The size of the herniation decreases.
But saying that what is really important is the nerve root compression and irritation. This to has been shown to improve in the majority of cases with conservative care.

In brief: May, but usually NOT

Epidemiology studies and long term follow up studies have shown that over a 10 year period, disc herniations gets better. The size of the herniation decreases.
But saying that what is really important is the nerve root compression and irritation. This to has been shown to improve in the majority of cases with conservative care.
Dr. Will Moorehead
Dr. Will Moorehead
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Dr. Olivier Frankenberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Not necessarily

If you continue with physical therapy and avoid/limit activities that impact more on the disc it should stabilize and minimize related discomfort/problems.

In brief: Not necessarily

If you continue with physical therapy and avoid/limit activities that impact more on the disc it should stabilize and minimize related discomfort/problems.
Dr. Olivier Frankenberger
Dr. Olivier Frankenberger
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