Back Lower (Lumbar) Herniated Disk Treatment

Also called: Bulging disk, Compressed disk, Herniated intervertebral disk, Herniated nucleus pulposus, Prolapsed disk, Ruptured disk, Slipped disk

Your backbone, or spine, is made up of 26 bones called vertebrae. In between them are soft disks filled with a jelly-like substance. These disks cushion the vertebrae and keep them in place. A herniated disk is a disk that slips out of place or ruptures. If it presses on a nerve, it can cause back pain or sciatica. Symptoms include

  • Back pain that spreads to the buttocks and legs, when the herniated disk is in your lower back
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Muscle spasms or weakness
With treatment, most people recover. It can take a long time. Treatments include rest, pain and anti-inflammatory medicines, physical therapy and sometimes surgery. Losing weight can help, too.

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I had severe lower back pain after slipping on a patch of ice. I fell on what I called by tail bone. The initial pain that I had was in my lower back. After a few days I started to have pain shooting down my left leg. I also started to have muscle spasms in my lower and upper back. ....
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Car accident resulted in a severely heriniated disc at L5 S1 completely compressing the spinal cord and both sciatic nerves. Constant severe pain in both legs to the feet, and numb toes resulted. Treatment initially consisted of anti-inflamatories, ice, muscle relaxants, pain medications and physical therapy. Degenerative disc disease was discovered as well. As pain continued and severity increased, three ....
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When I was 18 years old I found out that I have degenerative disk disease. They sent me to physical therapy, but this just aggravated my condition further and soon I had a herniated disk. I tried painkillers, oral steroids, steroid epidurals nothing would stop the pain. I had sciatica pretty bad and my doctor finally recommended surgery. I had ....

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Category
Name Average Result Healed Helped
a Lot
Helped
a Little
No Change Made Worse
All Treatments (average)
3.2
(359)
34 99 139 66 21
Diet and Weight Management
Weight Loss
3.6
5 3
Diet and Weight Management
Diet Management
3.5
2 2
Drugs and Supplements
Anabolic Steroids
5.0
1
Drugs and Supplements
Soma
4.0
1
Drugs and Supplements
Diazepam Medication - Valium
4.0
1
Drugs and Supplements
Anti-anxiety medication
3.5
1 1
Drugs and Supplements
NSAID gel (eltenac)
3.5
1 1
Drugs and Supplements
Pain Killers (Analgesic)
3.5
1 7 5 1
Drugs and Supplements
Vitamins
3.4
2 3
Drugs and Supplements
Epidural
3.3
1 1 1 1
Drugs and Supplements
Glucosamine
3.2
2 2 1
Drugs and Supplements
Vicodin Medication
3.1
2 4 1
Drugs and Supplements
Anti-inflammatory Medication (NSAID)
3.1
1 3 6 2 1
Drugs and Supplements
Etanercept Drug
3.0
1
Drugs and Supplements
Milk
3.0
1 2 1
Drugs and Supplements
Cortisone Injection
3.0
2 5 2
Drugs and Supplements
Medical Cannabis - Marijuana
3.0
2 1 1
Drugs and Supplements
Motrin - Ibuprofen
3.0
1 3 1
Drugs and Supplements
Muscle Relaxants
3.0
3 4 1 1
Drugs and Supplements
TUMS
3.0
1 1
Drugs and Supplements
Cymbalta
2.8
2 1 1
Drugs and Supplements
Naproxen Sodium - Aleve - Anaprox - Naprelan
2.6
1 3 4 1
Drugs and Supplements
Flexeril
2.5
1 1
Drugs and Supplements
Flector Patch
2.5
1 1
Drugs and Supplements
Corticosteroids
2.5
1 1
Drugs and Supplements
Darvocet Medication
2.3
1 2
Drugs and Supplements
Percocet
2.3
2 1 1
Drugs and Supplements
Ultram Medication
2.0
1
Drugs and Supplements
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
2.0
1
Drugs and Supplements
Neurontin - Gabapentin
2.0
1 1 1
Drugs and Supplements
Mobic
2.0
1
Drugs and Supplements
Herbs
2.0
1
Drugs and Supplements
Celebrex - Celecoxib
2.0
1
Drugs and Supplements
Hydrocodone
1.5
1 1
Drugs and Supplements
Celexa - Citalopram
1.5
1 1
Exercise
Aerobics Exercises
4.5
1 1
Exercise
Strengthening
4.2
2 2 1
Exercise
Pilates
4.0
1
Exercise
Swimming
3.8
1 1 2
Exercise
Walking
3.3
1 5 4 1 1
Exercise
Proper Posture
3.3
1 1 5 1
Exercise
Exercise
3.1
2 3 3 2 2
Exercise
Change of Sleeping Position
3.0
1 2 2 2 1
Exercise
Weight Machines
3.0
1
Exercise
Tai Chi
3.0
1 1
Exercise
Yoga
3.0
1 1 1
Exercise
Biking
2.5
1 1
Exercise
Running
2.3
1 2 1
Exercise
Water Aerobics
2.0
1
Medical Devices and Equipment
Crutches
4.0
1
Medical Devices and Equipment
Back Support Brace
3.4
1 3 1 2
Medical Devices and Equipment
Cane
2.7
2 1
Surgery
Discectomy
4.0
2 1 1
Surgery
Lumbar Endoscopic Discectomy (LED)
3.8
2 1 1
Surgery
Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery
2.5
1 1
Therapy
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
5.0
1
Therapy
Psychotherapy For Depression (Talk Therapy)
4.0
1
Therapy
Inversion
3.7
1 2 3
Therapy
Chiropractic
3.6
2 3 6
Therapy
Stretching Treatment
3.4
4 5
Therapy
Heat Therapy
3.4
2 5 5 1 1
Therapy
Daily Meditation
3.4
1 1 2 1
Therapy
Massage Therapy
3.4
2 5 6 3
Therapy
Ice
3.3
1 2 5 1
Therapy
Traction
3.3
1 2 1
Therapy
Rest
3.3
2 6
Therapy
Physical Therapy
3.1
2 6 3 4 2
Therapy
Bed Rest
3.1
1 3 2 2 1
Therapy
Hydrotherapy
3.0
4
Therapy
Acupressure
3.0
4
Therapy
Visualization and Thinking Therapy
3.0
1
Therapy
Ultrasound
3.0
1
Therapy
Leg Elevation
3.0
1 3 1
Therapy
Range of Motion Exercises
2.5
1 1
Therapy
Reiki Treatment
2.0
1
Therapy
Acupuncture
2.0
2
Topical
Biofreeze
2.8
3 1
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