Clinical Trials: Herniated Disc

About Herniated Disc

A herniated disc is a bulging spinal disc, pressing on nearby nerves and creating pain. The disc bulges out when the fibrous ring surrounding an invertebral disc is torn, allowing it to move out of the ring. This condition is also known as a "slipped disc."


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I went to chiropractor for a long time. While the realignment exercises were fun and helped for the rest of the day, there was no benefit beyond the day. The flexibility and strength exercises done in the office only aggravated my pain and we stopped doing them. The massages were great, but again, only marginally helped me for the rest of the day. I did learn more about the diagnosis, anatomy, and what was supposed to fix my pain from the chiropractor than from the doctor. While he didn't fix my problem, I learned more from him so I could fix the problems on my own. The doctor provided little help in that regard. 8/11/2010 at 11:38 AM
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I want to make a clear distinction between the PT I was prescribed by the doctor and therapist and the strength training I prescribed myself. The PT the doctor prescribed only aggravated my pain and did nothing to build my core strength. This is probably because I am a life long athlete and I am very fit. These exercises did nothing to strengthen my core or correct my posture. A friend in the Army suggested I try Olympic-style, complex weightlifting with very low or no weight. I worked with a trainer doing squats, deadlifts, and power cleans with a broomstick or empty barbell. We also did old school sit ups and back extensions. There is more focus on posture, alignment, and flexibility with these movements. They actually improved my strength and flexibility even though I used hardly any weight. This was infinitely more effective than the isolated movements in PT. When I am consistent with these exercises, my back problems are much less frequent than when I get lazy. 8/11/2010 at 11:35 AM
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While the yoga calms me down, it really does not relieve the pain or strength my support muscles. 8/11/2010 at 11:23 AM
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I have had several epidural injections. They always make the pain stop and give several weeks of relief. However, they have not "cured" the problem. They always get me back on my feet, but I try to avoid them unless I have no other recourse.8/11/2010 at 11:21 AM
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