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Is there anything I can do at home to help with my lower back pain. I have a herniated disk and i'm getting surgery but until then im suffering :/?
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Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery
5 doctors agree
In brief: Non-operative
You should try gentle stretching and core strengthening exercises.
You can try a hot tub or heating pad but use it sparingly and don't injure yourself by too much heat. Injections can often relieve the sciatic pain by both reducing inflammation of the nerve and also dissolving some of the fat around the nerves which can often yield excellent relief. It all these fail then surgery may be needed.

In brief: Non-operative
You should try gentle stretching and core strengthening exercises.
You can try a hot tub or heating pad but use it sparingly and don't injure yourself by too much heat. Injections can often relieve the sciatic pain by both reducing inflammation of the nerve and also dissolving some of the fat around the nerves which can often yield excellent relief. It all these fail then surgery may be needed.
Dr. Seth Zeidman
Dr. Seth Zeidman
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Dr. Chintan Sampat
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
4 doctors agree
In brief: See below...
Rest, avoid lifting and bending, change positions often and avoid long car rides/long sitting/long standing, etc.
Also, anti-inflammatory medications may be helpful if you don't have other contraindications.

In brief: See below...
Rest, avoid lifting and bending, change positions often and avoid long car rides/long sitting/long standing, etc.
Also, anti-inflammatory medications may be helpful if you don't have other contraindications.
Dr. Chintan Sampat
Dr. Chintan Sampat
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Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Pain Management
3 doctors agree
In brief: Injections first
If you have a herniated disc that is causing back pain radiating into your leg, then you should always try the most conservative options before more invasive ones like getting cut open.
Epidural steroid injections/nerve blocks can reduce the inflammation of the nerve and reverse the symptoms, often time without surgery. If they fail and then you need sx, then you know you did everything possible.

In brief: Injections first
If you have a herniated disc that is causing back pain radiating into your leg, then you should always try the most conservative options before more invasive ones like getting cut open.
Epidural steroid injections/nerve blocks can reduce the inflammation of the nerve and reverse the symptoms, often time without surgery. If they fail and then you need sx, then you know you did everything possible.
Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Dr. Kenneth Choquette
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Dr. Thomas Byrnes
Do U have leg pain? If yes surgery can help. If you smoke, you must stop. What ever type of activity/lifestyle produced the damage to your back must be modified. OMT helps many folks. PT for a core strengthening, yoga type stretching home exercise program that incorporates proper breathing/body awareness is the pathway that I have seen the most success. Patience!
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