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bulging disk
can they repair themselves ?? can they get better with theraphy ?

Yes, a buldging disc and herniated disc can repair itself.  I had a herniated disc about 2 years ago in my back.  I have a pool and I got in it every day, cried in pain while I swam a program I made for myself.  I was waiting for WC to approve my surgery.  When they did, 4 months later my NS wanted another MRI in case things had changed before doing surgery.  When we did the second MRI, the disc had gone back into place.  I swear it was the swimming that did it cause they say swimming is the best excerise for back problems.  If you have access to a pool, get in it.  My program consisted of 2 laps of each type of swimming stroke there is.  Then I just rested in the pool by just floating.......I can sleep in the pool floating, I am a great floater.  I hope you can possibly try this and it will help you.  Take Care!

Cajun Hugssssssss,
Lumbar Laminectomy L5 - S1, Lumbar Disectomy L 4 -5, Cervical Microdisectomy C-4 -5, Cervical Anterior Fusion C 4 -5, Cervical Anterior Fusion C 5 - 6, Lumbar Disectomy, Laminectomy and Foraminotmy L 3 - 4, Cryo Surgery Lumbar. --Ongoing Problems.. Permanently Totally Disabled.
Tweety, as MJC has noted Bulging Discs, with rest and the correct type of PT and exercise, can heal over time. It's not something that happens over night, it takes time, but they can heal. I hope this helps and Best of Luck!!Wink
I agree with the aforementioned answers and had two of mine correct them self with the proper PT BUT, I think the injections only mask the problem and if you get to that point you may want to consider surgery. Why, well if the disc doesn't heal properly it can cause another disc either above or below to become miss aligned and it too may start to bulge.
If you trust your doc to follow his/her advice and swimming is one of the most wonderful actives for a back along with your core muscle group!

I agree with what MJC and the others are saying - it does take time. I know 2 yrs later that my pain is lessing in my lower back. Still have days that anything will set it off - but that may be from the mid back spasms as well. Hard to say at this point without new MRI's of the entire spine. lol

My neuro has always felt my bulges have been from the severe spasms I have had in the neck, shoulder, mid back and lower back area. Therefore, if we can get those taken care of maybe we can work on strengthening the muscles more. It can't be the other way around with me because working on strengthening muscles sets off the spasms. I soooooo love to be difficult for doctors and therapists.

Same here tweety.......Bulged 2 with the first injury, 2 different ones 2nd injury and all 4 this time. Both previous times with PT, and rest they healed and I returned to work full duty. Keep in my I continued to lift 50 # continually for years afterwards and that's why all 4 are bulged again. Once they go back into place you have to be really careful to keep the muscles in your back, legs and stomach really tight or you can re-injure with the slightest movement.


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