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Herniated Disc Health Feed

Recently the doctor told I got disc desiccation with severe lower back muscle spasm, I have been going to physiotherapy for the past one week, I want to know if I can go for work where I need to sit for 12 hours (including travelling, I want to know if it's ok travel and sit at work.

Dr. Rahul Rai 91% (2657 ratings)
MSPT (Master of Physical Therapy), Bachelor of physiotherapy
Physiotherapist, Gorakhpur
Use lumbosacrl belt doring walk and sit. Countinue physiotherapy for long time do regular exercises avoid forward flexion and maintain urs postuer.
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Hi Sir, Dorsal disc bulge at l2-3, l3-5, l5-s1 levels causing ventral thecal sac indication, bilateral neural foramina narrowing. Please help me to cure my problem asap.

Vanka Prabhukiran 87% (19 ratings)
MD - General Medicine, MBBS, MRCP (UK)
General Physician,
Hi Sir, Dorsal disc bulge at l2-3, l3-5, l5-s1 levels causing ventral thecal sac indication, bilateral neural foramin...
It takes a long time to cure. Mainstay of treatment in this type of situation is do physio as advised by an experienced physiotherapist and using some medications to improve your nerves and control your symptoms.
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Sir I have disk problem l4 l5 s1, disk bulging and right foot pain. Please help me to cure it asap.

Dr. Sreepada Kameswara 97% (18967 ratings)
DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopathy Doctor, Hyderabad
Disk bulging. L4, l5, s1 causes low back pain and sciatic pain. Right foot pain is due to sciatic nerve problem homeopathy has very good treatment for your problems. No side effects. Please take homeopathic medicine rhus tox 200-once daily in the morning for 5 days. Consult me through Lybrate for further prescription and treatment.
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Spinal Disc Problems - Know How To Deal With Them!

Dr. Pankaj Bharti 85% (10 ratings)
MD - Alternate Medicine
General Physician, Lucknow
Spinal Disc Problems - Know How To Deal With Them!

A spinal disk has a soft, jellylike centre (nucleus) encased in a tougher, rubbery exterior (annulus). Sometimes called a slipped disk or a ruptured disk, a herniated disk occurs when some of the nucleus pushes out through a tear in the annulus.A herniated disk, which can occur in any part of the spine, can irritate a nearby nerve. Depending on where the herniated disk is, it can result in pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg. Many people have no symptoms from a herniated disk. Surgery is usually not necessary to relieve the problem.

Discs uni formally distribute the body weight. It has got three-part the disc plate, nucleus and fibrous. Because of some undue pressure at a particular part of the disc, some or all cartilage fibres rupture and the nucleus bulges out. In advanced grade, this bulged out part may compress a corresponding nerve root. Due to compression, patients may experience radiating pain in the legs.

The most common site of a disc bulge is between L4-5 and L5-S1.
Through holistic corrective programme bulged out part retracts back leaving the pressure on the nerve.
The treatment has become successful because of unique muscle spasm release techniques and spinal decompression.
The disc is 84% gelatinous with the water-absorbing property. On decompression, it swells up and bulged out part retracts back and leaves the pressure on the nerve root.
As a final result, patients get complete relief in pain in the leg and also low back pain is permanently relieved.
This is the best-known treatment to date. According to a study done at KBMS Institute, more than 85% of patients get quick and permanent relief through this Holistic Corrective Programme (HCP).

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Herniated Disc - Know Effects Of It!

Dr. Gurinder Bedi 90% (25 ratings)
CCST(Internal Medicine), FRCS (Orth Surg), FRCS, MS - Orthopaedics, DNB Orthopedics, MBBS
Orthopedic Doctor, Delhi
Herniated Disc - Know Effects Of It!

A herniated disc also known as a slipped disc or prolapsed disc refers to the problem where one of the discs located in between the bones of the vertebrae(backbone) gets damaged and stacks itself upon the nerves. The tender inner portion of the disc gets protruded over the outer ring. Herniated disc causes severe neck pain and back pain. It occurs when the outer ring gets weak and tears down. The most common symptoms include pain and numbness, especially on one side of the body. The pain extends down to the arms and legs. It worsens during nighttime. The muscles become weak. Overweight people are likely to have this disease, as the discs carry extra weight. Old people are vulnerable to a slipped disc.

Effects of Herniated Disc:

- An untreated case of herniated disc may cause permanent damage to the nerves.
- In certain cases, a herniated disc is capable of cutting off nerve impulses to the "caudal equine"nerves, present in the lower back and legs. This leads to loss of bladder control or bowel control.
- Saddle anaesthesia is another long-term effect. Nerves are compressed by the slip disc, causing loss of sensation in the inner portions of your thighs, the back of your legs and surrounding the rectum region.
- Symptoms may improve or worsen.

Diagnosis of Herniated Disc:

Treatment or diagnosis of a herniated disc or slip disc can be either conservative or surgical in nature. The nature of the treatment is determined according to your discomfort level and the kind of pain you are experiencing, or how much the disc has slipped out.

- The pain caused by herniated disc can be relieved by undertaking an exercise schedule which includes stretching and strengthening the spine and its surrounding muscles.
- A physiotherapist should be appointed for recommending the types of exercises.
- Taking pain relievers also soothes the pain.
- Stronger medicines prescribed by doctors include muscle relaxers, narcotics to deal with the pain, medicines for nerve pain such as "gabapentin"  or "duloxetine".
- In case of the symptoms not subsiding within a span of six weeks, surgery may be recommended by your doctor. The surgeon may have to remove the damaged part of the disc. This surgery is called a microdiscectomy.

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Sciatica - Do You Need Surgery?

Dr. Anurag Saxena 87% (17 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, M.Ch - Neuro Surgery, FRCS (Ed) Neurosugery
Neurosurgeon, Gurgaon
Sciatica - Do You Need Surgery?

Sciatica pain can be mild to intense. Many with lumbar herniated disc and sciatica often wonder whether or not they require a surgery. Needless to say, it is never an easy decision. But the good news is that micro discectomy surgery has a higher rate of success when it comes to relieving sciatica pain. When compared to many other options, this one is relatively minimally invasive. It doesn’t alter the structure of the spine permanently since it works by removing a small portion of the disc, which has herniated or extruded out of the disc.

When your sciatica pain stems from lumbar disc herniation, a small open surgery with the help of magnification is the prevalently opted surgical approach. On the other hand, a laminectomy is done when the bone or disc pinching the nerve root is required to be removed.

When should you consider undergoing surgery for sciatica?
Typically, neurosurgeons recommend considering surgery for sciatica in a host of situations which include the following:

  1. Severe pain in the leg lingering for more than six weeks, which mainly affects one side of the leg or buttock
  2. Intense pain in the low back and buttock, which continues through the course of the sciatic nerve andextends to the lower leg and even foot. This pain can be described as sharp and searing rather than a dull thud.
  3. When pain has not alleviated even after non-surgical treatments that may include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs),oral steroids, injections, manual manipulations, and physical therapy
  4. When the patient is not able to take part in the day to day activities due to intense lower back pain and the symptoms tend to become severe during movements like sneeze and cough.
  5. When the symptoms are continuing to worsen, thereby indicating nerve damage, particularly when the progressive signs have their root in neurological issues
  6. It is important to note here that surgical intervention may only be needed when the patient experiences progressive weakness in the lower portion of the body or sudden loss of bladder or bowel movement, which may stem from cauda equina syndrome. Two surgeries, namely lumbar laminectomy and microdiscectomy are performed on the basis of the cause as well as the duration of the sciatica pain.
  7. In some cases, the symptoms are unique on the basis of the underlying causes of sciatica. For instance, trying to bend the body backward or walking a longer distance than normal may trigger unbearable symptoms. On the other hand, when the affected individual tries to bend the body forward, it can lead to symptoms stemming from the lumbar herniated disc.
  8. In case sciatica occurs after an accident, injury or trauma, or if it happens in tandem with other symptoms, then it requires an immediate medical attention.

Thus, choosing to go for a surgery depends on several factors that only your doctor can assess and decide upon.

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My mri l-s spine report says that broad based posterior disc bulge herniation with left lateralization at l5-s1 level and mild disc bulge herniation at l4-5 level what does it mean and future treatment.

Dr. Rahul Rai 91% (2657 ratings)
MSPT (Master of Physical Therapy), Bachelor of physiotherapy
Physiotherapist, Gorakhpur
Its mean you have problem with your back counslt to physio n ortho avoid forward bending n lifting object n ground sitting n long time sit or stand maintain urs postuer use lumbar belt n hot pack n analgesic cream on painful area take rest till pain subside.
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Hello Doctor, Intervertebral disk spaces are 5-7, What we can do please suggestions

Dr. Julie Mercy J David 93% (30815 ratings)
Erasmus Mundus Master in Adapted Physical Activity, MPT, BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Chennai
You can follow these measures: one keep a pillow right under the knee while sleeping, next is you can keep ice in the painful area for about 5--10 minutes, if pain still persists you can stretch your body by twisting the waist on both sides how we used to do in the school drill similarly you can try which will help you relax as well will reduce the pain. It looks like you are is important to check that. Anemia always leads to the symptoms of being tired and also having back / leg pain though there may not be any pathological reasons for back pain. •standing hamstring stretch: place the heel of your injured leg on a stool about 15 inches high. Keep your knee straight. Lean forward, bending at the hips until you feel a mild stretch in the back of your thigh. Make sure you do not roll your shoulders and bend at the waist when doing this or you will stretch your lower back instead of your leg. Hold the stretch for 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat 3 times. •cat and camel: get down on your hands and knees. Let your stomach sag, allowing your back to curve downward. Hold this position for 5 seconds. Then arch your back and hold for 5 seconds. Do 3 sets of 10. •quadruped arm/leg raise: get down on your hands and knees. Tighten your abdominal muscles to stiffen your spine. While keeping your abdominals tight, raise one arm and the opposite leg away from you. Hold this position for 5 seconds. Lower your arm and leg slowly and alternate sides. Do this 10 times on each side pelvic tilt: lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Tighten your abdominal muscles and push your lower back into the floor. Hold this position for 5 seconds, then relax. Do 3 sets of 10. •partial curl: lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Tighten your stomach muscles. Tuck your chin to your chest. With your hands stretched out in front of you, curl your upper body forward until your shoulders clear the floor. Hold this position for 3 seconds. Don't hold your breath. It helps to breathe out as you lift your shoulders up. Relax. Repeat 10 times. Build to 3 sets of 10. To challenge yourself, clasp your hands behind your head and keep your elbows out to the side. •gluteal stretch: lying on back with both knees bent, rest the ankle of one leg over the knee of your other leg. Grasp the thigh of the bottom leg and pull that knee toward your chest. You will feel a stretch along the buttocks and possibly along the outside of your hip on the top leg. Hold this for 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat 3 times. •extension exercise: lie face down on the floor for 5 minutes. If this hurts too much, lie face down with a pillow under your stomach. This should relieve your leg or back pain. When you can lie on your stomach for 5 minutes without a pillow, then you can continue with the rest of this exercise.
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I have disc herniation from last six months and I am not able to bent, now due to severe back spasm and unable to bent now due to severe back spasm. A doctor suggested me epidural injection for back spasms. Should I try that. I have tried physical therapy but in vain and medications but got no relief. What should I do?

Dr. Vishwas Virmani 93% (27519 ratings)
MPT, BPT
Physiotherapist, Noida
I have disc herniation from last six months and I am not able to bent, now due to severe back spasm and unable to ben...
Chiropractic adjustment will help. Apply Hot Fomentation twice daily. Avoid bending in front. Chiropractic Postural Correction- Sit Tall, Walk Tall. Extension Exercises x 15 times x twice daily - lying on tummy, take left arm up for 3 seconds,
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Herniated Disc - Know The Effects & Diagnosis Of It!

Dr. Kushal Shah 89% (21 ratings)
MS - Orthopaedics
Orthopedic Doctor, Vadodara
Herniated Disc - Know The Effects & Diagnosis Of It!

Herniated disc also known as a slip disc or prolapsed disc and it refers to the problem where one of the discs located in between the bones of the vertebrae(backbone) gets damaged and stacks itself upon the nerves. The tender inner portion of the disc gets protruded over the outer ring. Herniated disc causes severe neck pain and back pain. It occurs when the outer ring gets weak and tears down. The most common symptoms include pain and numbness, especially on one side of the body. The pain extends down to the arms and legs. It worsens during nighttime. The muscles become weak. Overweight people are likely to have this disease, as the discs carry extra weight. Old people are vulnerable to a slip disc.

Effects of Herniated Disc:

  1. An untreated case of Herniated disc may cause permanent damage to the nerves.
  2. In certain cases, a Herniated disc is capable of cutting off nerve impulses to the "caudal equine"nerves, present in the lower back and legs. This leads to loss of bladder control or bowel control.
  3. Saddle anaesthesia is another long-term effect. Nerves are compressed by the slip disc, causing loss of sensation in the inner portions of your thighs, the back of your legs and surrounding the rectum region.
  4. Symptoms may improve or worsen.

Diagnosis of Herniated Disc:
Treatment or diagnosis of Herniated disc or slipped disc can be either conservative or surgical in nature. The nature of treatment is determined according to your discomfort level and the kind of pain you are experiencing, or how much the disc has slipped out.

  1. The pain caused by Herniated disc can be relieved by undertaking an exercise schedule, which includes stretching and strengthening the spine and its surrounding muscles.
  2. physiotherapist should be appointed for recommending the types of exercises.
  3. Taking pain relievers also soothes the pain.
  4. Stronger medicines prescribed by doctors include-muscle relaxants, narcotics to deal with the pain, medicines for nerve pain such as "gabapentin"  or "duloxetine".
  5. In case of the symptoms not subsiding within a span of six weeks, a surgerymay be recommended by your doctor. The surgeon may have to remove the damaged part of the disc. This surgery is called a microdiscectomy.
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