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Slight disc bulge at l4/l5. Treatment needed? Will traction make disc go back in? Or just back exercises will do?

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Dr. Foead Geula
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Integrative care

A herniated disc can cause back pain as well as foot pain by physically pressing on the nerves that travel to the foot and by irritating them through the extrusion of pro-inflammatory disc materials.
Physical therapy and other conservative measures, including medication management, are considered first line treatment. If these fail, your physician may recommend epidural steroid injections.

In brief: Integrative care

A herniated disc can cause back pain as well as foot pain by physically pressing on the nerves that travel to the foot and by irritating them through the extrusion of pro-inflammatory disc materials.
Physical therapy and other conservative measures, including medication management, are considered first line treatment. If these fail, your physician may recommend epidural steroid injections.
Dr. Foead Geula
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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Based on symptoms.

Slight disc bulge is probably present in most every 53 y/o spine.
A very non specific finding. Treatment would be based on symptoms. If there are no symptoms directly referrable to your l4/5 issue then simple exercise / perhaps pt and some NSAID / tylenol (acetaminophen) / mechanical precautions is all you need.

In brief: Based on symptoms.

Slight disc bulge is probably present in most every 53 y/o spine.
A very non specific finding. Treatment would be based on symptoms. If there are no symptoms directly referrable to your l4/5 issue then simple exercise / perhaps pt and some NSAID / tylenol (acetaminophen) / mechanical precautions is all you need.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Dr. Dan Fisher
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Dr. Kiley Reynolds
Pain Management

In brief: Disc Bulge

If you have a disc bulge, but do not have any symptoms, then no treatment is necessary.
Exercise, diet control, and strengthening are part of a healthy life style and lower back.

In brief: Disc Bulge

If you have a disc bulge, but do not have any symptoms, then no treatment is necessary.
Exercise, diet control, and strengthening are part of a healthy life style and lower back.
Dr. Kiley Reynolds
Dr. Kiley Reynolds
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