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  1. Percutaneous Discectomy for a Lumbar Herniated Disc

    Discectomy is the surgical removal of herniated disc material that presses on a nerve root or the spinal cord.

  2. Medical History and Physical Exam for a Lumbar Herniated Disc

    During the first visit to your health professional for a possible herniated disc, you will be asked about your medical history, including: The pattern, intensity, and duration of your leg or back pain (you may be asked to complete a pain drawing to identify the areas and types of pain you have).Previous accidents, injuries, or illnesses involving your back.Family history of low back pain and ...

  3. Discectomy or Microdiscectomy for a Lumbar Herniated Disc

    Discectomy (also called open discectomy) is the surgical removal of herniated disc material that presses on a nerve root or the spinal cord.

  4. Corticosteroids for a Herniated Disc

    Drug details for Corticosteroids for a herniated disc.

  5. Sciatica - Topic Overview

    What is sciatica? Sciatica is pain, tingling, or numbness produced by an irritation of the nerve roots that lead to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is formed by the nerve roots coming out of the spinal cord into the lower back. Branches of the sciatic nerve extend through the buttocks and down the back of each leg to the ankle and foot. What causes sciatica? The most common cause of sciatica ..

  6. Posture: Standing and Walking - Topic Overview

    The following tips may help you stand and walk using good posture. Keep your ear,shoulder,hip,and ankle in a line. Avoid locking your knees while standing. Try placing one foot on a low stool if you must stand in one position for a long time. Switch feet every few minutes. Keep your lower back in the neutral position. ...

  7. Degenerative Disc Disease - Topic Overview

    What is degenerative disc disease?Degenerative disc disease is not really a disease but a term used to describe the normal changes in your spinal discs as you age. Spinal discs are soft, compressible discs that separate the interlocking bones (vertebrae) that make up the spine. The discs act as shock absorbers for the spine, allowing it to flex, bend, and twist. Degenerative disc disease can take

  8. Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy (IDET) for Low Back Pain

    Intradiscal electrothermic therapy (IDET) is a relatively new, minimally invasive treatment for spinal disc - related chronic low back pain.

  9. Low Back Pain: Exercises to Reduce Pain

    Key pointsLow back pain is very common among adults and is often caused by overuse and muscle strain or injury. Treatment can help you stay as active as possible, and it will help you understand that some continued or repeated back pain is not surprising or dangerous.1Most low back pain can get better if you stay active, avoid positions and activities that may increase or cause back pain, use ...

  10. Low Back Pain: Easing Back Into Your Daily Activities - Topic Overview

    Bed rest of more than a couple of days can actually make your low back pain worse and lead to other problems such as stiff joints and muscle weakness. If you do use bed rest for a short time,remember the following guidelines. Sitting up in bed puts additional pressure on the intervertebral discs. Lying on your side puts a little more pressure on the discs than lying on your back. Trying to ...

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