Herniated disk, scoliosis, degenerative disk disease and sciatica. In pain what's the best treatment?

Start w conservative. Start w conservative treatment including physical therapy, epidural injection at the site of the nerve root irritation, and bracing as needed for pain relief. Core strengthening is very important. Surgery may be needed if all else fails. A good physical exam, history, and review of various imaging studies go into deciding what surgery you may need. Please keep us updated.

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Why recommend epidural steroid injections when patient with multilevel degenerative disk disease accompanied with lumbar dextro scoliosis?

Pain relief. Epidural steroid injections are recommended to relieve pain from nerve impingement. They are often recommended before surgery. The injections obviously don't improve the alignment of the spine. Read more...
Clarification. Epidural steroids can be used as conservative treatment to treat and diagnose symptomatic levels. Read more...

Degenerative disk disease diagnosed at 21, what comes next for treatment?

Physiotherapy. Physitherapy is important especially in a young adult. You need to give something like Gabapentin a try if you have a lot of nerve pain. It takes a while to titrate the dose. Start with 100 mg at bedtime and go up to as much as 1200 mg three times a day. Your doctor needs to titrate this slowly as you don't want to be over sedated. Lyrica (pregabalin) is also used but the dose range is limited. Read more...

What is the success rate for dr. Tim davis' stem cell treatment for degenerative disk disease? What other treatments are available?

Stem cells. Stem cells are not approved by the fda for this treatment: http://stemcellrevolution.Com/fda/ treatments for degenerative disc disease depend on the symptoms and signs. All tissues in the body degenerate with time, and do not necessarily need any treatment. Read more...
Money medicine. They dropped the results part of conversation the host put promising in but dr davis didn't answer the question the first fda studies are forsafety not efficacy we have spent years trying to come up with a reproducible outcome measurment for back pain and bogged down in thsubjective nature of pain complaintstreatment options are not always evidence based trxthis will go the way of idet i hope it. Read more...
Many Options. There are many different options for stem cell therapies in the us. I would suggest you evaluate all of them thoroughly before choosing. So far the only practice that has significant research and patient base regarding stem cell therapy is Regenexx. They have over 6500 patients in their registry with pretty good results. Check out Regenexx.Com. Read more...

I have degenerative disk disease in l-5, l-6. Drugs & chiropractic & light/electric/ therapy have not worked. Are there any more non-surgical options?

Acupuncture is prob- Ably the only one that you might not have tried or considered. Epidural shots of steroids, or radiofrequency nerve stimulation are another 2 options. Getting active with proper exercises, maintaining acceptable weight would be 2 more options. Maybe none of them, by themselves would be fruitful, but combining them is known to be helpful. If you are a smoker, quitting would be beneficial. Good luck. Read more...

Does taking narcotic therapy for degenerative disk disease effect my organs?

Opioid side effects. Apart from the obvious issues like cognitive impairment, impaired responses to respiratory and cardiovscular conditions and liver damage, longterm narcotics usually rot your teeth and inhibit the body's production of sex hormones (especially testosterone) leading to loss of lobido and weakening of the musculoskeletal system. Read more...
Opioid side effects. Most patients with chronic back pain, that cannot get relief with physical therapy, physical modalities such as heat, ice, massage, and milder pain medications, over the counter or prescribed, are prescribed narcotics. Mild doses that are monitored by your physician will cause temporary drowsiness, constipation. Higher doses, adding street bought medication, can present serious side effects. Read more...