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Bulging Disk? Herniated Disk? The BIG LIE you need to know.


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  • Mauro Bruzzone
    Mauro Bruzzone 21 күн бұрын +5

    I´m an orthopaedic surgeon, dedicated exclusively to spine surgery. What these two gentlemen say is absolutely true. It will take some time but the concepts shown in this video will be the state-of-the art. Congratulations

  • J P
    J P 4 жыл бұрын +412

    My dad was recommended to get back surgery. He went to several Dr's before deciding to get it done. While he was in the waiting room waiting to be called in for surgery, he saw so many people in pain and misery who already had back surgery, he began talking with them and he saw how miserable they were. He figured he didn't want to be like those people either, so he walked out of the Dr's office. He then happened upon a book about Yoga and began do it what the book described. He did yoga every single morning the rest of his life and even began jogging and eating healthy. He's now in his 80's and very healthy for his age. I can only imagine the lessor quality of life he'd have experienced throughout his life, if he'd had back surgery. Food for thought.

    • Derrick Engelman
      Derrick Engelman 20 күн бұрын

      That's all I need to know, had MRI now being referred to surgery for bulging disc and sciatica, that's not going to happen and have started to use chin up bar for decompression of spine,thanks for your story.

    • CY D
      CY D Ай бұрын

      Thank You for writing this

    • Crfor Freedom
      Crfor Freedom 2 ай бұрын +1

      @NoFapKing I had my disk replacement the end of this past Nov. and I'm doing very well: No more neuropathy in my legs at all running to my feet.
      I went through hell the first few weeks after my nerves awoke after YEARS of being literally crushed, but some good meds and time took care of that THANK GOD. I hear not everyone with that severe of nerve damage get that lucky, but it's a minority that don't recover thank God.
      I still have a ways to go, but I'm back to walking, driving though still reduced levels, SO MUCH farther along than those who have their backs breached.
      I would say to anyone suffering with known degeneration for years on end: STOP MASKING THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM. Get it fixed. No 'Yoga', no 'shots', GET IT FIXED! My recovery to this point took a bit longer simply because I let the "Pain Management" department of my hospital mask the pain and perpetuate nerve damage with continued injections rather than making a repair. But the shots are how they earn their daily bread. So there you go: They aren't looking out for you, just making $$. We have to look after ourselves. Masking pain not being repaired is only allowing things to become even worse as the can gets kicked down the road.

    • NoFapKing
      NoFapKing 2 ай бұрын

      Lol you didn't even say if the pain was gone

  • kendo4242
    kendo4242 8 ай бұрын +47

    10 days ago I could hardly walk. Really painful lower back pain. I happened on some of these kinds of videos, and began stretching every morning and night, along with a few other techniques. With that and also in process of dropping a few pounds, I have absolutely no pain today. Thanks so much to you guys for these videos, you have helped me immensely!

    • Rocky Roo
      Rocky Roo 4 ай бұрын

      Hi what stretching did u do thankyou

    • Meena Hirani
      Meena Hirani 7 ай бұрын

      A year and half ago.I was bedridden for 3 months and could hardly walk. I had pain kllers. Physio helped a bit.

    • Meena Hirani
      Meena Hirani 7 ай бұрын +1

      Good to hear aboutyour recovery. I've jad herniated disc for 3yrs now.less painful tough. Excercise really help. I go swimming regularly now.
      Reduces tension and relaxes back muscles.
      I've lost 2.5stones in weight and it has helped reduce pain. I really try hard not to lift anything though, but I still have to.

    • Ben Vista
      Ben Vista 8 ай бұрын +4

      Its not entirely a lie, you wanna know if you have a back problem, try carrying a half a sack of sugar or wheat on your nape, you will feel where exactly the problem is, just because there is no pain, its alright, no, there is a spinal problem there is a cause and that cause does not always manifest as pain, there is a certain physical limitation where you will figure out unlike those who have normal spine, you don't discover that limitation because your everyday life does not require you to reveal that problem, try carrying something heavy, try lifting weights, try putting something heavy on your head, those limitations will reveal itself unlike those who are normal they won't feel any pain like you do

    • Henri
      Henri 8 ай бұрын

      did u get MRI?

  • Jim M
    Jim M 2 ай бұрын +11

    Thank you for that video guys.
    During my college days I suffered a ruptured disc at L4. I was treated in a Boston hospital by an orthopedic surgeon who specialized in treating athletes. He gave me three choices: surgery, chemo nucleolysis or bed rest. We decided to go with the bed rest. I was in the hospital for 13 weeks, each week he would check the healing process by lifting one of my legs while lying down and check pain level. Surprisingly each week I gained a little bit more flexion. After 13 weeks I was released with full mobility and the spinal disc healed itself. Since then I've continued in all various athletic activities hockey, soccer, lacrosse and have never had another episode. I've learned better body mechanics so that I don't repeat the injury. I think this is exactly what the author of that book was trying to communicate, surgery is not always necessary. I'm just one example of how my disk healed itself with simple bed rest.
    My biggest challenge was patience, to see if anything was actually working. In my case it worked perfectly just as the author of that book indicated.

  • Kristie Kononen
    Kristie Kononen 3 жыл бұрын +18

    I’m 40years old with bone spurs and L4L5 and L5S1 disc herniation. I did aggressive therapy for months with no relief. I’m one month out of surgery and it has changed my life! I can actually walk from the bedroom to the kitchen with no tears!

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      Vinson Walton Ай бұрын


    • Whitey Fisk
      Whitey Fisk 2 ай бұрын +1

      @Admin Admin very telling they didnt reply. They were only one month out of surgery and numbed out on pain killers still

    • Barney Rubble
      Barney Rubble 3 ай бұрын +2

      I'm about to have fusion on s1/l5 due to weak leg and foot drop, impinge auxiliary nerves at that joint from Facet degeneration & disc is shredded. Hoping for a recovery like yours

    • Admin Admin
      Admin Admin  Жыл бұрын +2

      Any update post recovery?

  • Byron C.
    Byron C. 4 жыл бұрын +31

    At 5:23 they get real, but they gloss over the pain. It’s a process that starts basically in your butt and feels like you pulled a muscle. It gradually over days or weeks moves down the back outer part of your thigh past your knee to your calf and finally your toes. It causes numbness in the toes and the pain in the leg is incredible and nonstop. Loratab gave me exactly 3 hrs of sleep at a time and I had to set my timer to take meds because if I waited too long I was curled up on all fours for a couple hours fidgeting and sweating while it kicked in. My two discs were fully sequestered. Not merely bulged. Steroid packs, and injections helped a little while it was still mildly herniated. PT and chiropractor didn’t help but the inversion table did help early on. Eventually They removed a piece of disc that had squirted out the size of my pinkie, that was pressed along my nerve column. The relief post op was immediate and life changing. I would be an addict and gone insane without micro discectomy surgery.

    • Angie Doster
      Angie Doster Ай бұрын

      I absolutely see how it would be easy to become a drug addict. I haven’t had an MRI yet, but this sciatic nerve pain is unending and relentless! Flexeril and Celebrex haven’t brought relief I had hoped for. Im going to PT and the next step I guess is to justify having an MRI. I’ve never experienced anything like this and I hope once this is gone (if it’s ever gone) that I never have this again. It’s been five hellish weeks and counting.

  • Mane Stage
    Mane Stage 6 ай бұрын +20

    I swear this channel is a ministry! God bless you guys. You are so sweet, optimistic, and helpful! I just found out this morning I have bulging discs. I was getting intense burning in my right leg and numbing toes. Whatever I have to do without surgery, I'll do. Thank God the doctor told me my case is not severe, will likely just require some physical therapy, and just recommended I see an orthopedic spine doctor. I'm grateful that the pain is really something that I experienced twice within the last two years. I don't know what "triggers" it.

  • Squat University
    Squat University 5 жыл бұрын +4

    Great video! Where did you guys get your spine/disc model with the green ball?

  • John Drexler
    John Drexler 3 жыл бұрын +45

    You guys rule. You’re like Car Talk for physical therapy. This channel helped me rehab from tendonitis, and is now helping me a bulging disk. Thanks for doing your thing.. Keep it up.

    • Adina Vega
      Adina Vega  Жыл бұрын +4

      Hah! Exactly! Click and clack, the spine guys.

  • Justin Sorensen
    Justin Sorensen  Жыл бұрын +24

    Yes i had foot drop, terrible nerve pain for 2 years. Currently in recovery after surgery, most of the pain is gone, i can finally walk without a limp, recovery is happening faster than expected and it wasn't a very invasive procedure. Did physical therapy 3 times a week for a year and a half and it changed nothing so there are cases where you should consider surgery. Friend of mine had same procedure, he is now a state trooper who rides horse back so it couldn't have been a bad choice if he can ride a horse without pain!

    • Cristopher Pino
      Cristopher Pino 11 ай бұрын +1

      U should try stem cell therapy from bone marrow

    • darrell russell
      darrell russell 11 ай бұрын

      How did u get rid your foot drop ?

    • Suzanne Senser
      Suzanne Senser  Жыл бұрын

      Glad to hear about your friend riding his horse! I'm hoping same will happen for me.

    • Muhammad hassan
      Muhammad hassan  Жыл бұрын +1

      Hi Justin. Glad to know that you recovered fully. I m facing the same issue n dr is recommending surgery. Can you tell me what was the issue with your disc and if you faced any problems after surgery

  • Vinod Kumar
    Vinod Kumar 6 жыл бұрын +96

    I have had back pain before .. all the doctors I met, were ready with knives to get a surgery done on me.. but I kept their hands and knives away from my back .. after watching your video , I learn so much about it and feel so confident after knowing the true side of bad back .. excellent job .. I wish the entire world watch these humble and kind people , sharing so much of their knowledge and experience for people's betterment .. would love to watch more.. great job .. loads of love from India ..

    • Pineapple Pizza
      Pineapple Pizza 7 ай бұрын +1

      When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. This is the doctors\surgeons approach. They are more than willing to perform surgery rather you need it or not.

    • Shon Cook
      Shon Cook 8 ай бұрын +2

      Nobody should have surgery on their back for just back pain. Surgery is for leg weakness from nerve root compression, or for symptomatic gross instability. Surgery is not for back pain.

    • Công Tước Vũ
      Công Tước Vũ 9 ай бұрын

      me too! I was prepared for PLĐ treatment!

    • Dirty Baller
      Dirty Baller 11 ай бұрын

      And they do it for free!

    • Therobin3a
      Therobin3a  Жыл бұрын +3

      Yo, did anything change with your back? If so how and what happened to bring the change?

  • Mrs. P. Studge
    Mrs. P. Studge 5 жыл бұрын +14

    I love you guys! I'd like to add... I'm 1 month post op of ACDF and Dural tear repair. During the surgery they found a Dural tear under the herniated disc because the herniated was so old and massive. The Dural tear causes more pain than the herniated discs. I'm so very glad I got the surgery because I feel so much better. I've been told "everyone has a a bulging or herniated disc but they don't feel pain so you shouldn't either". So I took the pain for 10 years and stopped complaining. I have a new doctor, went to him for shoulder pain and he knew it was from my neck... Within 1 week I was at the neurosurgeon's office and a 2 weeks after that I had surgery. My neck was so bad.
    Again, I love you guys, but this type of thought can be damaging to the patient.

    • Chester Copperpot
      Chester Copperpot 7 күн бұрын

      @Barney Rubble what happened how are you now?

    • Barney Rubble
      Barney Rubble 3 ай бұрын +1

      My L5/S1 disc is gone and the Facets are compressing branch nerves exiting that spot. Muscle weakness & footdrop on the Left leg, started 6 mo ago with sharp stabbing pains in my L hip. No spinal cord compression & very little static pain in the back but highly restricted flexibility. Simultaneously got a DVT in left leg, undiagnosed for 5 mo. Swelled up like crazy, big pain but it's finally clearing. Surgery in 10 days. Scared but hopeful I'll walk normally again.

    • Sharona
      Sharona 5 ай бұрын +1

      Totally agree with you!!!

  • Linda a Killingsworth
    Linda a Killingsworth 3 жыл бұрын +8

    I am having my 7th lumbar surgery on Feb. 17th. This is not something that I take lightly! I didn't just wake up this morning and decide I just wanted to have surgery again. The damage to my back started in the 80s and continues to this day. A lot of people say to me " your nuts I'll never have back surgery" or "they'll never cut on me", but let me tell you the truth of the matter ; when you hurt so bad that even your thought process is interrupted or you can't even get out of bed without help you will be grateful for that surgery! The one bit of advice I will share is to be sure and find the right surgeon. One that has a good success rate. If I had had Blake Pearson in the beginning maybe this wouldn't be number 7!!!

    • Sharona
      Sharona 5 ай бұрын

      Totally agree, I was dropped to the ground when my disc ruptured. Was diaphoretic, blood pressure went sky high. My husband called for an ambulance. Ended up having surgery and it is the biggest relief you will ever get. I had no choice in the matter. As you said, the choice was made for me.

    • Smokin Jaws
      Smokin Jaws  Жыл бұрын +2

      I agree 100%. If you are wondering if you need surgery, you probably don’t. When a disc ruptures into the nerves, your decision has been made for you.

  • pollypocket 7
    pollypocket 7 4 ай бұрын +8

    I have been suffering with lower back issues since 2006/7. So 16 years roughly. It all began just as I lifted a Henry hoover. I struggled so much with the pain. Even though I went to many different doctors I was never actually taken seriously. During the fisrt stage of lockdown I was on furlough.and could feel my pain gradually getting worse over the few months but then went back to work and carried on as normal. Coping like I always had. Long story shorter....this year....May 19th I went to work crying this time as the pain was that bad. Just kept hoping the pain would leave me one day....it didn't. By the time I went home the only way I could relief myself from the pain this time was to lay down. But when I tried to get up and move again I could not walk. I was like that for two days. After injections, a shed load of pills, an apparent URGENT MRI scan a month later???? They said no operation. After seeing an actual consultant he asked some questions.and did some tests. He used a pin on the top of my left foot which i couldn't feel the pricks and he did the reflex test on the back of my heel and there was nothing. That's when he decided it was time for me to be operated on. My question is can you or anyone here point me in the direction of advice and aftercare to look after myself. As I have had none offered. After having the operation and being told I have DDD I am still in pain. Not as much as I was...granted but defiantely has not removed it altogether. And i still have a cold left foot with no feeling in it. I apologise for going on but I kind of feel quite alone with this atm

    • BunnyTree
      BunnyTree Ай бұрын

      Also use B1 benfothiamine as part of your recovery with whichever route you choose. Itll help the nerves over a few mos of usage.

    • Amendolicious
      Amendolicious 3 ай бұрын +1

      @pollypocket 7good luck❤

    • pollypocket 7
      pollypocket 7 3 ай бұрын

      @edwardbyard6540 hi. Thanks. I had an op 30th august and have had no follow up appt yet. But on the 23rd dec i finally get to speak to a consultant again. Will be bringing it up with him.

    • Edward Byard
      Edward Byard 3 ай бұрын

      Sounds like a bulging disc is pressing on your nerve. Very common. Talk to your doctor about a lumbar discectomy. I'm not a Dr but it might be worth a look.

    • Task Magician
      Task Magician 4 ай бұрын +2

      I’m in a similar situation, physiotherapy might welp you. Also getting back support harness or hernia support.

  • Skidmark
    Skidmark 3 жыл бұрын +29

    You two guys are a prime example of reality to what happens to us when we come to you for help. You turn things around and try to make us believe that we’re all crazy and that what we’re experiencing is not real. It’s bad enough that you try and hide the pain from those around you because you know the repercussions that follow. The snickering and gossip behind your back is very real. You are viewed as weak and a liability. I find the only people that can relate with you are the ones experiencing what you are. It’s pretty frustrating, but don’t give up. There are still some good doctors out there. You just have to find them.

    • Clarelle Saintas-Adams
      Clarelle Saintas-Adams 8 ай бұрын

      This is so true... they make you think it's in your head, even refer you to Psy and increase your painkillers, they make you feel little.

  • Christine
    Christine  Жыл бұрын +5

    After dealing with lots of pain in my left glute and lower back, I finally got an X-ray and physical therapy. Doctors office said it was degenerative changes and therapist guesses it’s a disc. These physical therapists are life savers. They’ve given me a whole arsenal of useful exercises just for my problem. I never knew having this problem weakens the muscles!! I’m building muscles and getting better each day. I’ll never do surgery unless absolutely needed. I saw my mom get so many surgeries on her back growing up and I watched her get worse and worse but she doesn’t exercise which is a huge problem.

    • Barney Rubble
      Barney Rubble 3 ай бұрын

      Not exercising was likely her primary problem. How can a spine support full body weight with minimal, weakened musclature.

    • Shine Kyaw
      Shine Kyaw 6 ай бұрын

      Hello Christine, how is it going?
      I also get weaker right leg muscle now and then but my exercises can't build my loss muscle now so can you help me which exercises you do? I am thinking I got L4, L5 and S1 from deadlifts.

  • Ricky Keller
    Ricky Keller 3 жыл бұрын +77

    I injured my back in 1993. I was 33 years old. Dr wanted to do surgery, second opinion was no surgery. I started stretching and had a series of epidurals. For the better part of 10 years I had pain, drop foot,and tingling in both trunks. I kept active and slowly I began to feel better.I still have symptoms but I feel 70% better than I was. I am now 60 years old still no surgery, still working on construction equipment. Every year we learn new ways to treat and strengthen. Surgery is an option only when I can't walk any more.

      ENTREPRENEURISM 8 ай бұрын

      I love that story

    • Research and Build
      Research and Build  Жыл бұрын +6

      Im sorry but surgery probably would have given you years of no pain, you let fear keep you in pain

    • Chitown
      Chitown  Жыл бұрын

      I have drop foot in both feet?
      How u get rid of drop foot?

    • Boris Plotinskiy
      Boris Plotinskiy  Жыл бұрын +2

      This is exactly what I’m experiencing but I’m 28. It hurts to walk lately every day. Not sure what to do

    • Jmann2021
      Jmann2021  Жыл бұрын

      @Zachary B me too

  • James Collins
    James Collins 7 ай бұрын +3

    Nice video, I'm in the process of healing from a pinched nerve in my shoulder due to heavy standing cable pullover exercises. I felt something pull in my rhomboid area, then came the numbness down the arm and into my fingers. Its been my understanding that a disc can heal on its own with rest, so I stay hydrated and backed off the exercises to which I'm starting to feel relieved after 4 weeks. It's also my understanding that drinking plenty of water helps to keep the discs plump so they won't shrink with age.

  • Jo C
    Jo C 3 жыл бұрын +15

    I have a right sided herniation, and while I had pretty bad pain for a few months I’ve gained a lot of my mobility back and reduced my pain. I still get occasional pain but it has not hurt as bad as it used to in a long back.

    • Mike
      Mike 7 ай бұрын +1

      What did Yu have done?

  • Serenity Peace
    Serenity Peace 3 жыл бұрын +22

    Good advice, and I’m glad you acknowledged the need for surgery if you can’t feel your entire leg down to the toes. I’m definitely having surgery! Minimally invasive. Hoping for the best.

    • Miranda S.
      Miranda S. 8 ай бұрын +1

      how did surgery go for you?

  • America
    America 6 ай бұрын +3

    I felt one pain in my back...after that , 6 years later Both legs went numb, burned , & my muscles were being pulled so tight that I had big lumps in my legs. My back never hurt at that time so I was misdiagnosed with MS..about 6 weeks later through a MRI I had herniated my L5 completely backward and there were pieces of my ruptured disc laying on my S1 nerve ...causing severe pain in both legs ..then my back began to hurt after 6 weeks .I live with back pain and level 8-10 Sciatica daily.The only surgery performed was to clean up the ruptured pieces. If I don't stretch daily..throughout the day..yikes! I have no disc @L5..in my back ..the Ortho said my vertebras would fuse together since I did not get a rod to replace the disc..I was only 38 when all this occured ..been a rough time ..also.. my disc in neck are starting to herniate..hoping they don't blow 😳..stretching my neck too..it is a lifestyle now 😊

    • Truthmatters4ever
      Truthmatters4ever 6 ай бұрын

      America. Have you heard of a hospital in Germany called stenum hospital. I think they could help you. If you want more info message me back and I will send you the website link. I feel sorry for you as I know what severe pain is like.

  • Genny Stallabrass
    Genny Stallabrass 10 ай бұрын +14

    Thank you so much for clearly demonstrating what bulging and herniated discs look like and also what happens to the disc when bending forward! I hadn't understood before why the forward bend was so bad for the back! I have been suffering with sciatica for 8 months now which my doctor has put down to a possible herniated disc. I am hoping that physio will help - visits to a chiropractor didn't. I certainly don't want to go down the surgery route!

    • H
      H 6 ай бұрын

      Hope you are better

    • Betty Smith
      Betty Smith 6 ай бұрын

      Interesting, I find the forward bend actually receives my back pain and sciatic pain!

  • Nick Ryan
    Nick Ryan 5 жыл бұрын +33

    Big thumbs up for this video. The following long rant is to help other people who have injured their lower back and think they may have a herniation or slipped disc, and are lucky enough not to need surgery. There is another way.
    Three weeks ago exactly on my last dead lift I heard three distinct and loud pops from my lower back(so loud i heard them over the music in my headphones). I dropped the weight just inches off the ground and knew immediately I had done something very stupid. I tried to push out an extra rep at heavy weight and my form slipped. I felt like I was going to black out for a good 5 minutes. I couldn't bend over and after another 5 minuted I had a lot of trouble removing the weights from the barbell and re-racking everything. I managed to hobble to a chair and continued to feel light headed for at least 10 more minutes. Finally I mustered up the courage to head home. Being that I don't have insurance or money to spend on a doctor visit I did what most people do and consulted the internet. My worst fears were confirmed. Everyone who has experienced the same thing as me suffered either slipped or herniated discs.
    I was devastated, but I knew if I had any chance at recovery I had to be proactive about my injury and do everything I can to rehabilitate myself. Immediately I began icing my lower back and taking ibuprofen. For the first two days I didn't do much of anything else, but slowly I felt the pain subsiding and my rage of movement increasing slightly. The next day I laid down and rolled on a tennis ball and then a wooden practice hockey ball, very gently. That afternoon I had a localized cryotherapy treatment and i continued icing and taking ibuprofen. I began doing light stretches the next day in bed and on the floor(cat/cow, child's pose, sphinx pose, etc), and after rolling on the tennis ball and hockey ball i used a supernova ball and a foam roller. Then I went in the pool. In the water my ROM was much better and my pain was dramatically decreased. I was careful but I started by doing leg swings, trunk twists and using the steps in the pool to elevate each leg for a stretch. I let the water assist me while i tried to bend forward for a toe touch and realized I had a long way to go.
    Over the last three weeks I have been doing these things every day, ibuprofen and icing less and less. I did go for one more localized cryotherapy and EDM massage treatment which I feel helped quite a bit. I began lightly exercising with a resistance band after about week 2 and started building back up walking longer distances. The first day I walked half my usual route with the dog(about 1.5-2 miles) but by the third or fourth day I was able to walk the full 3.5-4 mile route without feeling any pain after. Still every day using the foam roller, ball, stretches and exercises.
    I have been very meticulous about not re-injuring myself. Taking things slowly and only slightly progressing each day. A few days I have done no exercises and only stretched(lazy days are necessary too). Today I walked the dog 4 miles, jogged around the backyard for 20 minutes and hit the heavy bag(lightly) for another 30 minutes, cycled for an hour at a relaxed pace and went through a heavier resistance band routine. No pain, basically full ROM. I am healing better using active and intelligent rehabilitation and PT techniques than I ever thought I could. Initially I thought I would never be able to touch my toes again. Today I can with no pain. I only feel some slight soreness in the morning when I wake up and some sort of sting when rolling on the hockey ball(the kind of good pain that brings relief after like it is breaking up stiff tissue).
    My plan is to take at least another 2-3 weeks of this path, slowly progressing every day and reassess how I feel then. If I am not completely pain free with full ROM and no A.M. soreness or tension when stretching by week 6 I am going to see a Dr/get an MRI (I will have saved enough money by then). The point to all of this is exactly what the video states. Surgery should not be the first option and these gentlemen along with many others on youtube have shared a wealth of knowledge that can help you recover better and faster than you ever thought, as long as you are careful and take it very slow. I took my time to write all this because it has been a profound and very eye opening experience in my life to not over-exert yourself and to not jump into anything. In the past I went the surgical route for plantar fasciitis and in the end the only thing that actually helped was to ditch the soft squishy high arched shoes and regain strength and mobility in my foot through PT and weight loss. Hopefully this helps anyone coming here looking for hope, I know that when I first hurt myself I thought it was going to be a major life changing issue. Good luck.

    • Chester Copperpot
      Chester Copperpot 7 күн бұрын

      How are you now? Sounded like you did some damage?

    • Research and Build
      Research and Build  Жыл бұрын +4

      If you havent gotten an MRI to know what is exactly wrong then i dont agree with your plan. Conservative treatment is fine but you need to make sure its not something serious first

  • dancinglo
    dancinglo 6 жыл бұрын

    These videos are really helpful for us to understanding our conditions and know what to expect and do. Too frequent doctors got angry with questions like what does it mean, or which side is my disc bulging towards. The videos certainly help facilitate these procedures, saving doctors time, may be even PT. And we can ask more productive questions by learning more. I hope more people will find out this channel. I learned that the disc has this cream donut content, instead of a solid piece from the clinic. This makes the visualization of our movement impact much better. and trying to understand what the MRI report is saying. And when I go see my PT, it was the MRI we based on most. Not as much as how I feel pain. Perhaps next time I will talk about my pain more.

    • dancinglo
      dancinglo 6 жыл бұрын

      But about my pain, it is difficult to describe. The consistent tension is around my lumbar and top edge of iliac crest, hip flexor too. giving me a lot of resistant when I bend sideways, (twist, forward and backward bend can be done but difficult in the first half hour.) Something deep around center L5 and L4 L3, when I have acupuncture, that is where the biggest pain is. Have acupuncture a few times, it relieves a lot but not completely healed. Don't know if that is the source, as I am active with yoga, the rest of the body goes into spasm at different area, such as glu medius, QL, between the shoulder blade, right side trapez and neck takes turn to tighten on a weekly basis.
      I have mild disc bulge, not hard pressing to thecal membrane in T4, L4/5, and L5/S1.
      I have good posture. But if I sit for longer than half hour, my quad/ hip flexor will pull me down, and my back will fight it, leaving me exhausted quickly. So hard to work. (I have to find a chair that has a continuous back support and try your way. I usually don't use the back side and just sit up on my own.)
      What is a better course of action? A series of acupuncture to that spot? or stretching/ strengthening back exercises? Core exercise? (I did this, when i started, it relieved a lot and then my hip flexor got really tense I had to stop.) My PT recommended stretches that I have been doing all along. but may be I did the counter direction more so I had to scale correctly. Your video helps me understand this. Thank you!

  • MyMojo
    MyMojo 4 жыл бұрын +10

    I take their point and by 5:30 they finally get to explaining when you should have surgery but I fought this sort of rationalization for 7 years while in extreme debilitating pain. With the latest in minimally invasive orthoscopic, laser and now even Ozone/Oxygen discectomies, doctors should no longer wait once this is causing pain. Waiting causes lost time to pain and suffering, other health problems due to being immobile and in pain and permanent damage to nerves.

    • H
      H 6 ай бұрын

      Which form of surgery did u end up having

    • Shon Cook
      Shon Cook 8 ай бұрын +1

      To be accurate, you need to specify what time frame you are taking about. Waiting a year is unreasonable. Not waiting a few weeks is also unreasonable. If you are the person that has a persistent CSF leak or gets discitis or becomes unstable after a surgery you didn't really need, you will regret not waiting. Sure, those are rare, but they do happen. Pain is a terrible reason to have surgery. Weakness and immobility or incontinence are indeed good reasons to move on to surgery.

  • The Zach
    The Zach  Жыл бұрын +16

    I’m a Disabled Veteran. Due to a military injury, I had a two-level artificial cervical disk replacement 4 years ago. This video came out 1 year before.
    After a long recovery and lots of PT, and discipline, I feel much better than I did before the surgery on most days.

    • Cynthia Stevens
      Cynthia Stevens  Жыл бұрын +1

      Thank you for your service.im glad you feel better. You are a hero and most of all I'm glad you made it back and still with us.God bless you and all those connected to you.

    • Kat Grey
      Kat Grey  Жыл бұрын +2

      I want you to know that I sincerely thank you for your service sir!!!
      Prayers for your health to improve and your heart to strengthen. 🙏🇺🇸

  • Michaela Cannon
    Michaela Cannon 3 жыл бұрын +19

    20 years ago I started having radiculopathy down my left arm. it felt like ants crawling on me, electric shock, muscle spasms etcetera. The doctors did a lot of shall we say passive treatment before they finally had me go in for the MRI. Before that I went to a chiropractor. The chiropractor x-rayed me , didn't see anything and then proceeded to manipulate my spine by pushing down mid back and then up toward my neck, hard! which in effect pushed all of the already herniated disc material ( which by the way is akin to crab meat, not liquid) out of the disc and further into my spinal cord. The pain, which had already been excruciating, was unbearable.. By the time I had the MRI there was a dent in my spinal cord so the material was not only just compressing an ancillary nerve but the entire spinal cord at that level (C4/C5). I had the discectomy and fusion, after which the pain was gone immediately. I did have a recurrence of pain probably from one of the adjoining structures which had weakened from from the discectomy and fusion, but I had a nerve block to that level and I have not had an issue since. I'm now 61 years old. Neck is ok. Not perfect. Will never be, but pain free. However, because of age related degeneration, I'm having low back pain and sciatica down the left leg, which pain indicates a likely L4 L5 herniation or bulge. I won't be going to any chiropractors, though.

    • j t
      j t 3 ай бұрын +1

      No chiropractors, a very wise choice. That is exactly how I got my degenerative disc in my neck. Massages, yes! Chiropractors, NO :)

    • Poosa Saikumar
      Poosa Saikumar 2 жыл бұрын

      Hi I’m 26 suffering from raficulopathy into head and left arm and shoulder and my neck is painting a lot and it’s been from 4 months not going at all .
      I’m currently doing physio sessions
      Could you please suggest me which is the best treatment for this

  • Eric Snodgrass
    Eric Snodgrass 7 ай бұрын +1

    I have herniated L4-L5 and L5-S1, pressing on sciatic nerve.
    I got an injection, helped maybe 30%. WALKING HELPS A LOT. Time in the pool and doing pliomettics in the pool also. Just bought an Inversion table off Amazon, that seems to be helping also.

  • Alice Jordan
    Alice Jordan 5 жыл бұрын +7

    Excellent teaching techniques! The demonstration of a bulging disc should help those unfamiliar with actual anatomy. I've had nearly 20 years of crazy times due to spinal injury exacerbated by the "pain clinics" and surgeons. Avoid surgery if possible, but if it MUST be done, follow up with a really good physical therapist. Research!!

  • David Hasselhoff
    David Hasselhoff 4 жыл бұрын +9

    I had a micro discectomy L5-S1. Previously 22 years of pain, Physical therapy, cortisone injections, spinal cord injections, chiropractic hocus pocus, traction, everything. Immediately after the surgery I had relief. I never have back pain. I follow the guidelines and do not do aggressive sports. My lifestyle is more like Tai Chi, swimming. Careful safe, excercise. Zero pain...four years now.. before I was bedridden for weeks sometimes with level 10 pain... wish I had surgery much earlier.

    • David Hasselhoff
      David Hasselhoff 11 ай бұрын

      @freestyle bully pain lower back and sciatica down both legs. I was bedridd6 for weeks sometimes. I played the physical therapy and injection games. Surgery is what works

    • David Hasselhoff
      David Hasselhoff 11 ай бұрын

      @freestyle bully herniated disc. My mistake was waiting too long. And I also wasn't covered before Obama care. I was in Chicago and had my surgery at Alexian Brothers in Elk Grove. I forgot the doctors name but you can find good ones in Texas. This surgery is super common. Choose a board certified surgeon that is also in a fellowship.

    • freestyle bully
      freestyle bully 11 ай бұрын

      I've been in pain 5 months I just got a mri and found out I have a L5 S1 disc bulge to the left been having back pain and exterior oblique pain on my left when I sit or drive this is a headache. Was yours a buldge or herniated disc? Where was your pain ? I'm in houston what city are u in (in case I want your surgeon)

    • David Hasselhoff
      David Hasselhoff 11 ай бұрын +1

      @Tammy Woolard definitely get the surgery. They even have 3rd generation disc replacement with incredible results... you don't have to live life this anymore Tammy

    • Tammy Woolard
      Tammy Woolard 11 ай бұрын +1

      I have herniation same area, the pain is horrible. I have gone to chiro, had the injection and now doing physical therapy. I just don't know which way to turn.

  • Colette Johnston
    Colette Johnston 8 ай бұрын +2

    I have this exact issue, only my treatment so far (including surgery which did nothing) has addressed the herniated disc, and not the Retrolisthesis. I’ve been in chronic pain for over a year now. Just waiting for the doctors to come to the conclusion/s that I already know so that I can get the appropriate treatment. 🤦🏻‍♀️

  • William Edmondson
    William Edmondson 2 жыл бұрын +3

    I'm glad I saw this video. I just got an MRI and was told I have protruding disks in L1,L2 and Sacrum. I was offered Surgery or Pain Management. I opted for the Pain Management. I am also scheduled for Phy. Therapy tomorrow. My last Dr. thought it was Sciatica which makes good sense. It gets so bad that I sometimes can't walk, at all. I'm 69 and they told me it's a natural part of aging. I was hoping you would show some method of fixing it or at least to manage it. Do you have a video on that aspect?

    • DarkSatan
      DarkSatan 7 ай бұрын

      Howdy William, any status on how your back/leg is doing? :)
      Hope your feeling a lot better after a year.

  • Swimbait1
    Swimbait1 6 жыл бұрын

    I hate foot tingling, numbness and after doing the exercises you guys recommended for a few weeks almost all the tingling gone. I would only have surgery if I was dragging my foot behind me! I know too many people that have had back surgeries only to still have the pain. Thanks

  • Jules!
    Jules! 6 ай бұрын

    Dealt with back pain for almost 15 years. Last year I finally decided to get check cause it was so mad. They scheduled and MRI and apparently I wasn’t lying all these years and I have 2 herniated discs 🤦🏻‍♀️

  • Lynn Peppa
    Lynn Peppa 5 жыл бұрын +4

    I had a herniated disk at the age of 45. it pressed on my spinal cord, it bulged right into my spinal cord and I had pain down my left leg and buttocks for 10 months straight, 24 hours a day. I would cry every day.
    My doctor told me I could either have surgery right away if I couldn’t stand the pain, or I could wait it out 6 months and see if retracted by itself. I waited 10 months and all of a sudden it was gone. I was told that if I waited past six months, it could cause permanent damage, But I waited 10 months anyway because I was scared of surgery. The disc retracted on its own and I no longer have had that problem. That was 20 years ago and I’m fine.
    Just so it never happens again, I have limited myself to not running, jumping or even swimming( my back would arch and hurt my back )or anything else that could cause an impact on my spine.

  • Faruq Mamun
    Faruq Mamun 4 жыл бұрын +10

    I love you guys. You are the best. I'm having back pain for 3 years and everytime I go to doctor and get my MRI done, it says disk bulge in L5. But I was 200% sure that it's not where my pain is coming from. After watching this video, I got my GP to give referrel for a rheumatologist who found out that I have SI joint problem, not in disk. So thank you very much guys

    • josee hill
      josee hill  Жыл бұрын +1

      What tests did you do to find this ?

  • LeaveDeanerAlone
    LeaveDeanerAlone 5 жыл бұрын +17

    i had a major herniated disc that impacted my spinal cord and caused my right leg to feel like it was on fire and being electrocuted while at the same time it felt like a knife was being wedged in my spine. it was the worst pain i have ever felt in my life, and i still have a bit of weakness and foot drop from it, even after surgery. back issues are no joke, and i hope all of you guys in pain in the comments find help. i know what youre going through.

    • LeaveDeanerAlone
      LeaveDeanerAlone 5 ай бұрын

      @iMoses14 yes. It went away after a while but I had to work at it. Definitely didn’t happen quick though. Physical therapy helped me a lot. Hope you fell better soon

    • iMoses14
      iMoses14 5 ай бұрын

      You have drop foot after your back surgery? Has it been fixed? I just had surgery 3 months ago and have drop foot in my left leg. Hasn’t gotten better yet.

  • Samuel Bigs
    Samuel Bigs 4 жыл бұрын +1

    I have an left annular tear at l4/l5 with a 3mm broad based disc protrusion. Lots of hamstring, calf and back stretches has helped the pain heaps. Still in pain every morning but it’s gone better but still dealing with glute and calf pain which stops me in my track at times.
    6 months in, hoping I get better in time but realised a disc herniation is a life thing
    And it’ll only get worse once we hit our older stages, I’m only 25
    Stay positive guys

    • Peach Plastic
      Peach Plastic 4 ай бұрын

      Due to scoliosis and tilted feet, I had back pain since I was 12. Got some physical therapy, figured at least it wouldn't get worse if I maintained an exercise routine. No such luck. I'm 31, back pain is appearing more and more often, lasting longer and longer. Prolonged sitting, walking and lying all hurt, but so does moving too much. A lot of issues are habit/posture related, but at a certain point, it becomes a lifelong thing. Currently, I try thinking about maintenance rather than hoping to heal for good. I'm terrified of becoming increasingly less mobile this early. 😶

    • Raman Jat🦅
      Raman Jat🦅 2 жыл бұрын

      I am 23 dude but now i am realise that life is nothing without health.i have disc bulge.

  • Romasyd
    Romasyd 3 жыл бұрын +1

    Man, I really love your videos! Really helps me understand my symptoms, having a bulging disk, and also calmed me a bit. Going to find a good fysiotherapist right away. Keep up the good work!

  • boyfromoz7
    boyfromoz7 11 ай бұрын +5

    I had a herniated L5 and a bulging disc L4 that I lived with for many years with severe sciatic pain (couldn't stand or walk for more than 5mins before I needed to sit). After Physical Therapists, needles in the spine, inversion tables and getting addicted to Vicodin I finally had surgery, was home the same day and pain free since. That I waited so long and lived with that pain for so long was criminal when the fix was so easier.

    • K Ho
      K Ho 7 күн бұрын

      Had similar experience. Copied most of the text from another "thread" ... I had what I thought was left leg pain at first. Did PT for months - didn't help. Was also on special pain killers as well. Conditions degraded despite meds and PT. Has constant sciatica pain on left leg. Did MRI and revealed 2 bulged disks, with L4-L5 pressing on the nerve root. Was planning to get shots to the back as a next step. But my condition degraded faster than my treatment plan. One day, I was in so much pain and could not sit, stand or walk - basically I can only lay belly down with legs up with the least amount of pain, I was admitted to the hospital. After a day of heavy pain killers and also steroids with little help, decided to do back surgery (diskectomy, lumbar laminectomy L4-L5) on the 2nd day in the hospital. The surgery was done on the 3rd day and I was discharged on the 4th day. Now, I am on my 5th week of recovery and the surgery was a success! Yes, there are some numbness in left foot, which I felt pre-op. And at times the sciatica nerve may have some "phantom sensation". My foot at times feels pain as well. But considering, I am MUCH better than pre-op. I got my life back! Very thankful for the surgery. One does need to take great care right after surgery though. Will have my follow up in less than 2 weeks (form this post) and hope I will be clear for work!
      I know, it's stupid insurance, they won't let anyone to have MRI before at least 6 to 8 weeks of PT! And I swear the PT folks were guessing and not knowing what they are going. It's criminal to have people suffer through this.

    • H
      H 6 ай бұрын

      wow,,,was the recovery hard? was it invasive? so glad that you are better

    • Miranda S.
      Miranda S. 8 ай бұрын +1

      what kind of surgery?

  • TDK94
    TDK94 5 ай бұрын +5

    I’m 28, I’ve been having a few spinal problems due to such a physically demanding job, I’m going in for my first disc surgery (1 of 3) on 1st October, having my L5-S1 replaced as it’s prolapsed and I’ve been living with severe chronic sciatica down my right leg for almost 3 years causing numbness, weakness, foot drop and I fall occasionally, and just recently I’ve now developed sciatica in my left leg too. I’ve tried everything and nothing has worked, chiropractors and physio made it all worse, and no amount of pain medication helps even in the slightest! I’ve been off work for so long now it caused me so much stress, depression and now I’m constantly fighting with my own mind after a failed suicide attempt.
    I really hope this surgery helps! 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼

    • K Ho
      K Ho 7 күн бұрын

      Very sorry to hear that. I had what I thought was left leg pain at first. Did PT for months - didn't help. Was also on special pain killers as well. Conditions degraded despite meds and PT. Has constant sciatica pain on left leg. Did MRI and revealed 2 bulged disks, with L4-L5 pressing on the nerve root. Was planning to get shots to the back as a next step. But my condition degraded faster than my treatment plan. One day, I was in so much pain and could not sit, stand or walk - basically I can only lay belly down with legs up with the least amount of pain, I was admitted to the hospital. After a day of heavy pain killers and also steroids with little help, decided to do back surgery (diskectomy, lumbar laminectomy L4-L5) on the 2nd day in the hospital. The surgery was done on the 3rd day and I was discharged on the 4th day. Now, I am on my 5th week of recovery and the surgery was a success! Yes, there are some numbness in left foot, which I felt pre-op. And at times the sciatica nerve may have some "phantom sensation". My foot at times feels pain as well. But considering, I am MUCH better than pre-op. I got my life back! Very thankful for the surgery. One does need to take great care right after surgery though. Will have my follow up in less than 2 weeks (form this post) and hope I will be clear for work! Hopefully, you'll consider surgery. And my friend - death does not solve anything. I can relate because of the pain I was in. I have family (wife and kids) and obviously I did not considered that. I am sure there is someone you love/care a lot about and you should live for them. Good Luck!

    • Joe Momma
      Joe Momma 2 ай бұрын

      Update me please!! Wishing u the best!!!! What surgery did you have?

    • j t
      j t 3 ай бұрын

      @TDK94 Hi! Thank you for sharing your story. So grateful you chose life. I do believe that no matter what, we are here to stick it out as there is something to be learned from the full experience. Glad you are feeling better after surgery! That being said Ive had had back issues for a long time that were manageable until a recent, very stupid and hard fall. I'm unable to participate with my family or play with my son and have found my self crying alone at night. I'm waiting in pain to see a doctor, but with good old American healthcare, I have to wait it out for the referral and initial consultation before I can get any scans done. Just saying, I feel for you! Take good care. Happy Holidays. May your life be long and fulfilling.

    • TDK94
      TDK94 5 ай бұрын

      @Pam Flowers oh that’s brilliant news and such a comfort, knowing that you can relate and have gone through the same thing with such great results!
      I’m so glad you managed to get it sorted and have no pain left! That’s great!
      And thank you, the surgery went well although my back is still very sore from it (mainly the surgical clips) but the sciatica has more or less gone 🙌🏼 I get the odd twinge but I feel that’s more me when I move around too much, they’ve already warned me not to do things too early. I’m finding it hard to walk but it’s still early days 🙌🏼😊

    • Pam Flowers
      Pam Flowers 5 ай бұрын +4

      My story is much like yours. I could not convince any doctor how much pain I was in. I was on the verge of suicide when I finally found someone who believed me and agreed to do an MRI which showed three herniated disc, L5-S1 was cracked open. I had minimal invasive surgery six years ago and have had NO back pain since. The most important thing I can suggest is to give yourself time to heal because you only get one chance to heal up right. I did almost nothing for the first 3 days after surgery, taking anti-inflammatory and Tramadol, then went for short walks, gradually building up strength for about 6 weeks. I sincerely hope your surgery was a success.

  • FasterThanU
    FasterThanU  Жыл бұрын +12

    I fit that study you represented exactly to a T. I'm in my 40s and was in the 50% with no pain. Had an MRI and noticed there was a slight bulge on C 4-5 disk. Its really important to catch these things early on to accommodate what needs to change in your lifestyle asap!

    • Elle K
      Elle K 10 ай бұрын

      @mightySHRIMP 420 Do you continue to work?

    • mightySHRIMP 420
      mightySHRIMP 420  Жыл бұрын

      I was told not to work with no help or recommendations for disability. That I would have no bck if I didn't stop

  • Gaurav Kushwaha
    Gaurav Kushwaha 4 ай бұрын +6

    Sharing my experience to help others:
    I suffered from L4-L5 disc prolapse (herniated disc, slip disc) due to lifting heavy weights in the gym. I had constant pain running down my legs, wasn’t even able to sit or walk. It was the worst phase of my life, I was on bed for 4 months completely. Almost 1 year since the injury, I am now able to go out regularly, walk as much I want, only thing that I’m avoiding is running.
    Doctors gave me muscle relaxants, pain killers which didn’t help. When the effect of pain killers subsided, I felt increase in pain as pain killers increase your sensitivity towards pain. Doctors also recommended for surgery. Many of my family friends, some of which are doctors themselves suggested me to avoid allopathic treatments and surgery; as even after surgery patients report issues and one of my friends had to go for another surgery after 10 years.
    Being 28 years old, friends and family recommended to take rest and let it heal on its own. As it’s even scientifically proven that the disc heals on its own through disc regeneration. Here’s what really helped me:
    * Homeopathic medicines: Colocynthis, Avena Sativa, Hymusa Syrup, Rhus Tox, Kali Carb (The first day I took these medicines, I instantly felt the reduction in pain and better mood and sleep. Believe me this reduction in pain was not like that of painkillers. Homeopathic medicines push/trigger your body to heal the injuries on its own)
    * Maharasnadi Kashayam/Kadha: Ayurvedic medicine to help with joint issues
    * Avoid sugar, alcohol, processed foods (like bread etc., anything made in a factory)
    * Spinach (On the days I had spinach, I could clearly feel more reduction in pain the next day. Spinach has a lot of vitamins and minerals, that would have helped the recovery. I tried taking vitamin/mineral supplements as well, but those didn’t have the same effect. Spinach has many compounds other than the commonly known vitamins/minerals like kaempferol. etc. )
    * Pomegranate
    * Yoga poses or Physiotherapy with backward bending motion (Initially I was only able to do poses like raising my head up while lying on my stomach, increasing the curvature slowly, later kept doing the cat-cow pose)

    • Sejal Shah
      Sejal Shah 3 ай бұрын

      Thanks so much Gaurav!! Maybe my son can try this!!😊. Sejal

    • Gaurav Kushwaha
      Gaurav Kushwaha 3 ай бұрын

      @Jason Botha yes, it has gotten better. But I try not to bend forward, instead I just sit by bending my knees and get the things done.
      Yoga definitely improves the flexibility, I will do that once I'm able to run fine. Bending forward is the last thing that I'll improve on.

    • Jason Botha
      Jason Botha 3 ай бұрын +1

      Have you been able to regain flexion (forward bend)?

  • AussiegalKDawg72🇦🇺
    AussiegalKDawg72🇦🇺 7 ай бұрын +1

    I can tell you now, i’ve had bulged and herniated disc’s and i can tell you even on strong meds, i’m still ALWAYS in pain. Have been trying some of your exercises 🤞🏻🤞🏻

    • KO
      KO 4 ай бұрын

      Hi! I'm having the same problem. Seeing your comment is 2 month ago, do the exercise help and did you recover?
      Best wishes

  • James Stepp
    James Stepp Ай бұрын +1

    I have a ruptured disk L4-L5 from a weight lifting accident when I was 19yo. Pain was pretty extreme. I discovered that the pain is caused by inflammation push against the nerves, bad enough to drop me t my knees. I discovered this because I took an anti inflammatory horse pill that a friend of mine had due to kidney stones, and my pain lessoned considerably. What I did from that point is lift weights, just nothing to do with my back or spine. Working my legs, arms, chest etc. so I did not put strain on that part of my body. When lifting weights your body releases a natural anti inflammatory and by working out other parts of my body it cleared the pain from my back. Now just working out like that, and sleeping with a thick pillow between my legs to keep my spine aligned, is all I need. I knew at the time that getting a spinal fusion was not going to solve the issue and figured it out on my own.

  • Stooo Marshall
    Stooo Marshall 9 ай бұрын

    I had terrible sciatic pain and an operation when I was 41.
    I’m now 43 and still have the same pain, the operation made no difference. Luckily the operation was carried out on the NHS… I almost paid £10k to go private! Wish I’d seen this video earlier!

  • Joel Ventura
    Joel Ventura Ай бұрын

    Thank you guys for sharing this. I recently got diagnosed with a lumbar herniated disc. I have decided to do physical therapy instead of getting a epidural steroid shot and surgery.

  • char_bean 🤓
    char_bean 🤓 6 ай бұрын +1

    The ending “or we’ll come out and slap ya” 😂😂 sent me into orbit. Great video thank you so much. Nice to hear surgery isn’t the only option. Came to this video after doing a yoga video for bulging disc. Thanks guys very helpful

  • bailey thompson
    bailey thompson 8 ай бұрын +5

    I am 18 years old and have a disc protrusion, as well as a bulging disc in my lumbar spine. This was very helpful, thanks!

  • Andrew Brown
    Andrew Brown 7 ай бұрын +3

    I’m 22 just had back surgery for l5-s1 , it’s a life changer I couldn’t walk because my heal and hamstring were in so much nerve pain and no stretching or routine was helping

      SUPER PRODUCER D.Z 6 ай бұрын

      @luke RUTHERFORD tell me about the softwave n how it is working out! I’ve come across softwave tonight on here. I have degenerative disc I believe in maybe 2 discs. I know of l5s1. I also have tendinitis I believe in left arm. Considering that softwave for this

    • luke RUTHERFORD
      luke RUTHERFORD 7 ай бұрын

      Right my l5s1 is so bad I can not walk my thigh and caf just cramp up to the max I just started to do decompression therapy and soft wave we will see how it works out for me

  • BG Smith
    BG Smith 8 ай бұрын

    Excellent. Thx for showing her book. I’ve had back issues forever (nurse and big babies).
    My lower back would “go out” maybe once a year. After left hip surgery that wasn’t successful the lower back pain became more frequent I opted for an RFA and lo and behold…. lower back pain daily. Just don’t do it. I spend money for decompression at the chiropractor which helps temporarily. Certain ideal stretches unable to do because of hip’s lack of range of motion. Fun. Could be worse Thx for sharing such good stuff gentlemen! I bought your small massager. It’s perfect. Some folks grab it and say it’s powerful enough on level one! Wimps haha.

  • Erik Glow
    Erik Glow  Жыл бұрын

    Beautiful content substance wise if you guys could get the audio on point it would make your guys's content a lot more enjoyable and aesthetically pleasing to the ear thank you guys for all your hard work

  • Sarah Gocke
    Sarah Gocke 2 жыл бұрын +4

    I’m 36 was almost paralyzed waiting to have a discectomy. Because of that wait I have permanent numbness in my posterior Rt leg. Also that led to 3 more surgeries with two fusions and a cage at L4L5 and cage at S1. As an ER RN I would tell people do not have surgery unless you can’t do your daily activities or have severe nerve pain.

    • H
      H 6 ай бұрын

      wow, are you still able to work as an ER RN?

  • Dan Cagle
    Dan Cagle 3 жыл бұрын +2

    New information for me. I recently got over what may have been a lumbar disc problem, and I was on a stroller for over a week. Since then I've climbed ladders, run a jack hammer, walked a lot and I'm feeling better. I am 60 and realize I should not over exert my back.

  • J sinnott
    J sinnott  Жыл бұрын +7

    Great advice !!! just got diagnosed as having a C6 bulge that’s been causing numbness down my left hand . two deep tissue massages , yoga and PT have already reduced the symptoms to like 20% and hoping to fix it permanently without surgery

    • H
      H 6 ай бұрын

      @David That's great advice, thanks! I'll have to google that stretch.

    • David
      David 6 ай бұрын

      @H Yes, but it is very well managed with therapy and a good chiropractor. Lower back / sciatica problems seem easier to recover from than the neck issues.
      Loosening the muscles in the area (lower back, thighs, leg muscles in general) is going to help the most.
      Stretch plenty and consider getting a harder foam roll and do the exercises.
      There are plenty of good ones on their channel.
      One thing that has been more harmful than good, is the mckenzie(?) stretch, also called a cobra position I think. My therapist also told me to avoid doing it. Probably depends on the person.
      You would be shocked how much relaxed/loose muscles help. I didn't think they were that tight to begin with.

    • H
      H 6 ай бұрын

      @David Wishing you all the best. Do you have sciatica from the lower back thing?

    • David
      David 6 ай бұрын

      @H Yeah, I got problems in the lower back and the neck. The lower back surgery is worry free, but honestly the lower back is doing just fine.
      The neck surgery is the one I'll actually need to get done. The scary part is that they don't do surgery on the cervical spine from the back, they do it from the front.
      Imagine the many ways that could go wrong...
      The doctor really only wants to do it as a last resort, that's why I'll be on medication + therapy for a couple months to hopefully halt the degradation. If the nerves going to my arms don't get better I'll have to get it done.

    • H
      H 6 ай бұрын

      @David Interesting. Do you know what kind you would need?

  • J. W.
    J. W. 5 жыл бұрын

    You two are great to watch, lots of info. I had an operation back in 1997, I had an herniated disk in the L4-5 area. Now fast forward to now. I'm having the same problems as I did back in '97. I believe it's the same thing, feels like it anyway. My pain specialist is pushing me to get a Stimulator placed into my lower back. I know of two people that had the procedure and they have had major problems with their units. Sirs, what is your take on the stimulator? Any info is greatly appreciated, and thank you in advance.

    • D 993
      D 993 3 жыл бұрын +1

      That's an interesting question. I wish B & B would answer, but it appears they don't respond to questions. :(

  • Rene
    Rene  Жыл бұрын

    My lowest 4 vertebrae are fused. I did have lower back problems around 18 years of age, was told it was because of the congenitally fused vertebraes, but I ignored the advice and did nothing. After a year the pain (only when carrying heavy things) went away, so it probably was just some sort of unrelated growing pains around the sciatica or spine. In any case the fused vertebraes never caused me any problems, I have no back pain an terrible posture most of the time, and am considerably older now. Body knows how to deal with your spine (assuming nutrition is ok and you're not poisoning yourself)

  • Lisa’s Prayer Room
    Lisa’s Prayer Room 7 ай бұрын

    So glad I stumbled onto this video!! My back and neck are a mess !! I’m currently getting PT and I was curious if I’m doing more harm than good!! 👍

    • Kim
      Kim 2 ай бұрын

      Mine too how are you doing?

  • Jon L
    Jon L 6 жыл бұрын

    Bob and Brad, thanks so much for all your videos dealing with the back, disc bulges, sciatica and related exercises. I've learned so much. Most importantly, I've found the exercises to have amazing results.

  • Socially Distant
    Socially Distant 2 жыл бұрын +40

    Had my discectomy on my L5 disc in 1992, when I was 31. Best thing I ever did. It gave me my life back and got me off naproxen, which was giving me intestinal bleeds. So grateful for socialized medicine in Ontario! Of course, with all the budget cuts since then, if I'd herniated my disc AFTER 1992, I'd probably have just been handed a bottle of percs or oxy's. Physio was very important and helpful post-op, but not instead of surgery. And stay away from chiropractors! There are MANY snake-oil sales types in the low back pain racket. I have nothing but contempt for anyone who would exploit someone suffering in so much pain by stringing them along, promising relief after "just another session", when proven and safe surgical options are available. I suppose in the US there are some doctors who will recommend surgery for a pimple or hangnail, but in my opinion, anyone suffering the sciatica I went through should have the surgical option available to them as soon as possible, regardless of their circumstances.

    • Pam Flowers
      Pam Flowers 5 ай бұрын +3

      Surgery literally saved my life.

    • Linda Wade
      Linda Wade  Жыл бұрын +18

      I agree. I was incapacitated from the agony of sciatica and had to live on cortisone to be able to dress. Thank God surgery saved my life. I had two children.

  • brainfxr
    brainfxr 5 жыл бұрын +4

    I'm so glad you published this. I have this discussion in my office over and over, and with primary care doctors. Bulging discs are NOT abnormal, and by themselves do not require surgery. The only things we fix surgically are leg pain or weakness from nerve or spinal cord compression, and movement exacerbated back pain from instability, and that is ONLY if it doesn't get better after exhausting all non-surgical options. Everything else on the MRI is irrelevant. Your description is spot on, and your explanation of when surgery becomes necessary is perfect. Foot drop and incontinence should prompt an MRI and a surgical evaluation right away. Otherwise, give it a few months and try your non-surgical options before going to a surgeon.

    • Shon Cook
      Shon Cook 8 ай бұрын +1

      ​@Clarelle Saintas-Adams Maybe watch the video again, and read my comment again. None of us say that discs NEVER cause pain or EVER require surgery. We all said that the bulging disc alone without any nerve compression or instability often does not cause any symptoms. The physical therapists in the video, and I in my comment, discuss the reasons a "bulging disc" may require surgery, and they correctly point out a large portion of people have a "bulging disc" on MRI without any symptoms, and don't require surgery. Not knowing your history, I'm guessing you had one of those reasons for surgery that we discussed, in addition to the bulging disc. Just like now, your surgery will be to treat cauda equina compression from the severe stenosis. Whether that's caused by facet hypertrophy, or ligament hypertrophy, or a bulging disc is irrelevant. The surgery is for cauda equina compression. THAT's the reason for surgery. If you happen to also have bulging disc at that same level, then okay. Even if the bulging disc is causing the cauda equina compression, then okay. But it is the cauda equina compression that is the problem that justifies the surgery, not the bulging disco stenosis. If the bulging disc wasn't causing nerve compression, then the bulging disc alone would not justify a surgery. I'd caution you about assuming things about people you don't know. You think I don't have a clue about what I'm talking about, but I personally have had 2 surgeries on my neck for paralysis (different discs, unrelated surgeries), and I have multiple "bulging discs" in my own back that so far have not caused anything that would require any surgery. I am a board certified neurosurgeon that has done thousands of lumbar and cervical discectomies and fusions, and spared tens of thousands of patients from operations they did not need over the last 20 years. You will walk much better after your cauda equina is decompressed, just make sure you don't let anyone do a laminectomy for that. The literature is very clear that the chance of developing back pain from instability leading to a fusion in the future is much higher after laminectomy than after the same decompression through a minimally invasive hemilaminotomy.

    • Clarelle Saintas-Adams
      Clarelle Saintas-Adams 8 ай бұрын

      How I wish what you are all saying is true... suffered from PID discs since 14 years now, done key holes operation on L5/S1 disc in the 2nd year, cut opened to remove scar tissus 3 years after. A complete and healthy disc is now found at L5/S1 in latest MRI 2022. But more damaged discs are found in the neck and lumbar due to pain since Dec 2019 then come covid and no operation done yet, now got severe canal stenosis at L2/L3, L3/4 and still on waiting list at the hospital for decompression... I dont lnow if this operation will help but i would prefer to do it and get better like the one i did before than living with the horrible pain in my neck going down both shoulders and arms up to the finger tips and with the Lumbar discs, the pain is as excruciating as it is in my neck with deterioration of my health, Indigestion, Reflux, Diaphragm cramps, hiccups, heartburn, insomnia, dreading to eat or sleep, angry, frustrated, change of personality, depressed, sudden horrible pain and needles any where on my body at any time. Am under maximum intake of very strong pain killers and many more other meds to take everyday and I still can feel the pain, patiently awaiting for the hospital to call me in, its deteriorating every single day, has now developed a heart problem since March'22, feel so depressed that sometimes I just want to swallow all the meds in one go...
      So I think you both don't have a clue what you are talking about because maybe you haven't yet experimenting a back pain🤐😲🤐

  • Michelle Duggan
    Michelle Duggan 5 жыл бұрын

    Hey guys! I've been having a lot of neck burning and upper back pain. Went to a chiropractor and after making desk adjustments at work my upper back pain and tightness is basically gone. However I have a lot of burning going on in my neck! Got an MRI that reported a disc bulge c4 and c5 so he recommended non surgical spinal decompression. I find it helps but for short periods of time. What's your opinion on non surgical spinal decompression? Can you point me to any studies that show it works or doesn't? Any advice? Thanks!

  • Ely Jane
    Ely Jane 3 жыл бұрын +2

    My L5 moved. Never had so much pain in my life. I had an MRI - showed herniated disc at L5. Had a CT guided injection a few days later. Even though there is a recovery period I am not in the screaming pain that I had and each day is a bit better.

  • Benjamin O'Heron
    Benjamin O'Heron  Жыл бұрын +2

    I thank you for this. I have a 12 mm disc herniation at L5-S1 but knowing what i know i will not get surgery. This just continues to encourage me

  • Thomas David
    Thomas David 6 жыл бұрын +4

    I have a herniation at l4 l5. I am a big guy (6'6" 295) but prior to the deep nerve pain setting in, I ran my own landscaping and hardscaping business. Hard work and long hours. I hurt myself sometime around september of last year (1st week). I took a job installing glass and slowly got out of the landscaping for the time being. I worked at this job for almost 4 full months before succumbing to the pain. I have since been laid up and patiently waiting for surgery to be approved. I am not taking any meds and I am not active. Any sort of activity and the pain becomes too tremendous to sleep. I am in a vicious cycle because I know I should be active but that activity fires up the nerve and it starts going like a jet engine. Its like I am being asked to stick my hand in a blender. Quality of life is zero and I dont know which direction to go. Is there any chance this disc will dry out and shrink and leave me alone? -Tom

    • Azza9966
      Azza9966  Жыл бұрын +2

      Hi Thomas I am in a similar situation at age 24 with 2 young kids terrified how are you going 5 years on and what did you have surgery?

    • downbntout
      downbntout  Жыл бұрын

      Consider an inversion table

  • Phil Arch
    Phil Arch 9 ай бұрын

    I'm pretty sure that those high percentage numbers of folks with disc herniations without pain ARE NOT the folks looking up your info. I've got sciatica that is to the point I can barely use my right leg and it's absolutely EXCRUCIATING. I can't even leave the house. Surgery is definitely not something I'd rush into but this situation is unbearable...wish I knew someone going through this I could talk to..

  • Tom G.
    Tom G. 2 жыл бұрын +9

    Micro discectomy worked for me. 100% sciatic pain and lower back pain eliminated. Recovery is a bit tough the first week post op though but not unbearable by any stretch. Was only on a dose or two of flexeril the first 2 days, didn’t even touch my Percocet. Had a world class neuro work on me though. Your experience may differ.

    • Miranda S.
      Miranda S. 8 ай бұрын

      where is this world class neuro located?

  • blind squirrel
    blind squirrel 3 жыл бұрын

    I have a herniated disc L4-L5. It happened at work after I slipped in a flooded cement area. I continued to work despite it ,but it got worse. I ended up going to an Ortho who gave me an epidural but didn't want to do surgery when I was covered at the time. I also tried exercises from videos I saw online, but I ended up getting worse. One morning I woke up before work to shave and I fell to the floor. My back gave out and my whole left leg seized up with horrible cramping pain down to my toes, yet its also dead numb on the left side of the leg. I have a sciatic nerve problem now. I'm in so much pain I can't even go grocery shopping at the store with out spending the next 3 days in bed disabled. I lost my job because while out seeking treatment my supervisor got workmans comp involved even though it was past the 2 year time limit. This started a fight with the insurance companies and I ended up getting denied and being uncovered. While the fight went on the doctor wouldn't see me at all because of the coverage dispute in progress. Not being treated I couldn't return to work. So hear I am not able to get back on my feet, broke, and just wishing tomorrow doesn't come.

  • gina ramaglia
    gina ramaglia 3 жыл бұрын +1

    Hello and happy to have found you. A CT scan revealed abnormal findings at L4 L5 with significant pressure on thecal sac and both nerve roots caused by combination of bulging discs, facet arthropathy and grade 1 spondylolisthesis. My concern is the thecal sac pressure.

    • non_deficere
      non_deficere  Жыл бұрын

      same findings for me as well. how you doing now?

  • Gpipes local1
    Gpipes local1 3 жыл бұрын +2

    Just recently had an MRI, and the pain management doctor scared the crap out of me , saying that I am probably going to need surgery definitely in the near future otherwise I may go paralyzed, my pain has only started a few months ago which is giving me sciatic pain through my left buttocks through my leg and around my foot. I am praying that I don't have to go through any surgery. I work in construction and I know when I originally hurt my back , way back in 2007. Out of nowhere it started bothering me a few months ago.

    • H
      H 6 ай бұрын

      I hope you are doing better.

  • ezlikesunmorn
    ezlikesunmorn 3 жыл бұрын +1

    I had a disc herniation (L5-S1) and it was hitting my spinal cord. Very painful. However, I suppose I was fortunate (?) that the disc was degenerating as well. It's been 17 years (I was 24) since my back went out and I couldn't walk. I have a cane for bad days, but I did physical therapy, injections, chiropractors and thankfully the disc finally degenerated enough and is just a sliver. No more of the severe, intense pain. However, I now have spondylolisthesis and my hips have bursitis (from all of the years I walked funny to compensate shifting the pain). I'm not using a cane anymore. I wanted to avoid surgery so bad after talking to a surgeon and other people who have had it (spinal fusion). The people I talked to ended up worse or with nerve damage and needed future surgeries. Hang in there people! It can be debilitating at times, but avoid surgery until you are completely immobile for an extended period of time. I have pain, but I know my limits and triggers. It still sucks, but it's better than surgery. Good luck everyone! Sending hugs!
    p.s. One thing that can make a world of difference is a quality mattress. They are very expensive, but you are worth it. See if you can get a prescription for one and you can write it off on your taxes. I'm still on the hunt. I bought a pricey tempurpedic memory foam and another type of memory foam. No matter what I do (side sleeper), my butt/hips create the pit of doom in the bed after time goes by. They are wonderful in the beginning though. I also have a herd of pillows on my bed for propping my hips, knees, back, etc. Those help beyond measure.

    • Azza9966
      Azza9966  Жыл бұрын

      How have the past 17 years been have you been physically active or like a vegetable? I’m 24 years old also contemplating a smiling surgery and feel like it’s my only option at this point after also trying out all different types of therapy and injections

  • JJ
    JJ 3 жыл бұрын

    I’ll tell you something, my mother is a big proponent of this school of thought, and when you are bed ridden two weeks at a time, around every three months at age 37, and have been going through it getting progressively worse for the last ten years it’s pretty infuriating to know be told to try all these different things before I get surgery. How long should I try them for and stay in pain? Not to mention every type of person has a different “miracle cure” from cbd or thc oil, to inversion tables, to chiropractic, acupuncture, and even grounding yourself to earth on a bloody mat so that the electrons can neutralize the free radicals in your body. How long should I try each quacks remedies before I get to do the surgery that completely took care of the pain of THREE PEOPLE I PERSONALLY KNOW????? I can’t stand this garbage, there are people out here in real pain and can get real help for it but now chiropractors get to use the prefix “doctor” even though they are NOT PhDs or MDs so gullible people get to waste tons of money on what they’ve been told will work before realizing it and just go get the surgery they should have had in the first place.

  • Amy Cuaresma
    Amy Cuaresma 3 жыл бұрын +31

    Friends don't let friends get fusion's.
    Bob and Brad are passionate about learning as well as teaching.

    • Christy T'dale
      Christy T'dale  Жыл бұрын +1

      @Amy Cuaresma Hilarious!

    • Amy Cuaresma
      Amy Cuaresma  Жыл бұрын +1

      @Christy T'dale omg hahhahaaha that is to funny because I actually own a ford fusion but not a spinal fusion

    • Christy T'dale
      Christy T'dale  Жыл бұрын

      What about Ford Fusions? Bad joke. Bad joke. 😜

  • Judy Annee
    Judy Annee  Жыл бұрын +1

    I am 27 years old and have been diagnosed with bulging discs on my L4 and L5 disc. I took medicines for one month and after that I felt better.. and so after one week, without even thinking the pain might be back, I carried a 3kg watermelon from my door to the fridge. And the night after that, the pain came back. I was so disappointed to myelf. Like, how stupid I was! Plus, I am having muscle strain for almost three years! I can still feel it until now.. I can't sit straight, I can't sit on a plastic chair, I can't sit on the floor even if i lean my back on the wall or somehing like pillow.. it's killing me!

  • bengt_axle
    bengt_axle 2 ай бұрын

    4:17 It is a good model to show the stresses on the disk. But the lower vertebra in the demo is flipped upside down. The pedicle should be at approximately the same height as the upper vertebra. Also the disk bulge (in green ball) should be creeping along the pedicle and anterior face of the superior articular process of the lower vertebra to show how it would compress a nerve and could possibly cause pain.
    I totally agree that a bulging disk is quite common and may not cause any pain. There can still be space for the nerve even with a disk bulge or complete loss of disk height. It just depends on the shape of the vertebra.

  • LMG 712
    LMG 712 3 жыл бұрын +1

    This video helped bunches. L3 bulge pinching the nerve, with terrible leg pains, numbness, etc and really wanted other views before rushing surgery. Thanks ; )

  • dabbindarlin
    dabbindarlin 4 жыл бұрын +2

    I feel like a lot of people downplay the pain of this. Back had been hurting for months, then I leaned down one day and my knees gave beneath me and I fell, and my back had been hurting so bad I can't walk, and it feels like my back has 0 support, without a brace, after a few steps I just cant support myself with my legs. It feels like my right leg especially just cant support my weight without just buckling under me. It feels like DEATH when I move the wrong way and then it just sends tingles down my right leg and my lower back feels like someone is just stabbing me with a blunt piece of iron, just ramming it right into the back of my hip almost. When I get out of bed it feels like I got hit by a bus. It's no joke for those of us that feel symptoms.

    • Johnny Rodriguez
      Johnny Rodriguez 2 жыл бұрын

      I'm with you and they do downplay everywhere i go they dont empathize, because im young and Mri shows mild stenosis they think it's not a big deal but im in so much pain from lower back its so debilitating im young now what's going to happen to me in a few years later when I can't even work? Because it does feel like I wont even be able to sleep in the future from pain i already cant sleep and get headaches if I don't get steroid shots

  • Sam Bell
    Sam Bell 6 ай бұрын

    The key to what they suggest is AGGRESSIVE physical therapy. You can't just go thru the motions with these stretches and exercises, you really have to push yourself before you see any benefits. That's the case with me anyway.

    • Kurt Wagner
      Kurt Wagner 25 күн бұрын

      What do you do at physical therapy that helps?

  • Veronica Alta
    Veronica Alta 7 жыл бұрын +4

    A couple of years ago I had a herniated disk L5-SI, it has now shrunk or dried up now with a reduction of my vertebral space. I have back pain flare ups everyone and then. What do y'all think about inversion tables to "stretch out" the spine for relief?

    • Diana VP
      Diana VP 6 ай бұрын

      I'm guessing that swimming might be a better bet, to relieve pressure on nerves and joints, and to strengthen the back. Advice I should also heed!

    • Mikey Smooth
      Mikey Smooth 10 ай бұрын

      fuckign terrible idea! Thats where my desiccation is! I have nerve burning everytime i move my head as my nevrve travels in and out of the sleeve.

  • Beanmachine7190
    Beanmachine7190 5 жыл бұрын

    I have two herniated discs (l4&l5) one is pushing on my sciatic nerve causing a fair amount of pain. I've been dealing with this pain for over 6 months now, 5 of those month without any prescription narcotics (which I was prescribed for having 4 wisdom teeth removed). I've been through physical therapy, which helped but I feel the pain is slowly returning to how it was prior to the therapy. Finally I gave in, decided to go for a second opinion, and am now waiting for a second mri. Hopefully I'm makong the right decision to end the pain finally as I'm only 26 and I work every weekday.

    • freestyle bully
      freestyle bully 11 ай бұрын

      @cheesypoof thanks

    • cheesypoof
      cheesypoof 11 ай бұрын

      @freestyle bully I never even had an mri. I went to physiotherapy and had all the symptoms. I will say I've had it far less frequently, or I've learned to notice when I'm about to trigger something. I'm not as active as before and I'm sure that has something to do with it. I followed the basics.. bedrest for 2 days, then walk slowly for exercise. In general things can improve, surprisingly so, dependent of course on individual situations.

    • freestyle bully
      freestyle bully 11 ай бұрын

      @cheesypoof the first 2 timew did u get surgery or did they heal on their own?

    • cheesypoof
      cheesypoof 5 жыл бұрын

      Craig Hoague I've had it twice too.. a third one this week. my worst one took me 6 months before the pain noticeably dropped. After that I've had none for 4 years until this week.. but this one seems less bad. be patient and improve the things you can.

  • Ashley Clark
    Ashley Clark 3 жыл бұрын +1

    I had a MRI after a horse riding accident back in May, resulted in extreme back pain and a displaced radial neck and head fracture that healed on its own luckily (I participate in rodeo sports - y’all physical therapists and orthopedic surgeons can thank me and my insurance for my patronage later lol). 2 bulged discs are l4-l5 and l5-s1, facet arthritis with hypertrophy, a synovial cyst and a hemangioma was the radiologists report.
    Needless to say, my lower back is miserable. But when I went back to my primary care, he said most likely it’s the cyst and facet joints that are causing the lower back pain (right lower back/butt hurts into the hip and down my leg) and the SI joint on that side. Bulged discs are on the left hand side on which I have zero pain. They’re doing a diagnostic injection tomorrow for the SI and facet joints.
    That said, at my ripe old age of 34 (it’s not the age, it’s the mileage!) I need to prevent this from getting worse because that’s rodeo career ending. What kind of exercises would you have a patient with this kind of damage do? Overall I’m pretty muscular, and obviously core muscles being a critical in shape muscle to ride a horse and turn at top speed and not fall off.
    Or, I’d the injection proved the SI joint is the culprit and I’m not interested in maintenance injections, do fusions generally have a good outcome that don’t require PT maintenance, or at least extended PT?

    • Peach Plastic
      Peach Plastic 4 ай бұрын

      Ashley Clark - "it's the mileage, not the age" rings true for me, as I'm awaiting a new MRI at 31, with increasingly constant lumbar spine issues that sometimes radiate into the hip. I do pole dance, which strengthens my core and introduces movement into all my joints. Luckily, the sport doesn't seem to aggravate my pain. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to prevent the pain, either. Because it's great for mental health management, I plan on continuing until I'm medically advised to stop, which, so far, has not happened. 🤞🏻 Do you still participate in rodeoing? I reckon I'm going to need targeted physical therapy. And to figure out what the rest/activity ratio is that hurts the least. 👀

  • Carlos Velarde
    Carlos Velarde  Жыл бұрын

    I am 26 years old, I had an inguinal hernia mesh repair about 7 years ago.
    A few months back I went to Kickboxing and my back started killing me, since then I experience pain in my back on and off - I’ve felt it low / mid and upper back but mostly lower. Sleeping is becoming uncomfortable, my eyes are dark so I assume my body is not getting much rest , I get bloated and have trouble passing gas or stool sometimes. I just constantly feel my back, one day recently it even hurt when I was breathing as if there was something every time I took a breath in, haven’t gone to a DR bc no insurance but I am working again, and hopefully soon I save enough to go get my self checked. Any tips / pointers anythinggg would be highly appreciated!

    • Victoria N
      Victoria N 11 ай бұрын +2

      First thing you should do when you can afford it is an MRI...without accurate picture you don't know what you are dealing with and only assuming....I had CT scan which diagnosed 3 buldging discs but I then had an MRI which is better as it also showed I have nerve impingement and a disc tear...

  • ZeqHD
    ZeqHD 6 жыл бұрын +1

    First of all, thanks for the informative video,
    however I have a question regarding disk herniation. You guys explained how it comes with age but will heavy exercises such as deadlifts (proper form) speed up the rate of which the herniation develops?

    • ZeqHD
      ZeqHD 6 жыл бұрын

      physicaltherapyvideo Thanks for clarifying, appreciate it.

  • Amelie Holm
    Amelie Holm 4 жыл бұрын

    I had pain down my leg for over a year now. And part of my foot is turning numb now. I am always in pain and even morphine type meds don’t make any different. Going for an MRI next week hoping for surgery because I can’t live with this pain anymore 😖 I had a MRI about 2 years ago where there was starting degeneration on L4, L5 and S1. Does that sound like it could be a slipped disc? My doctor thinks it’s piriformis issues however I can tell the pain starts around L4 or L5 and travels everywhere from there (hip, knee and foot on the right side)...I really hope the MRI will be clear!

  • Leila
    Leila 5 жыл бұрын +21

    I had a disc removed last year, Ive always suffered with back pain in my teen years. I sure did feel when the disc popped out and hit my nerve, I have honestly NEVER felt pain like it in my life! I had a emergency op as the disc was crushing my nerve and had bowl movement problems and now 1 year on I have bad nerve damage in the back of my left leg & buttocks and some down the back of my right leg too. I tell you when it gets bad it sure is NO joke 😭

    • Raffaello Santi
      Raffaello Santi 4 жыл бұрын +1

      @MsAimTube He had the operation and good news is no wheelchair, but he has permanent nerve damage that doesn't allow him to feel in part of a leg. Chiro helps with movement. Steroid shots do nothing. For arthritis in my own spine.... dry-needle with t.e.n.s. therapy. Helps. NO steroids! It changes cells in the body.

    • MsAimTube
      MsAimTube 4 жыл бұрын

      How is he doing now, @Raffaello Santi ? I just had the same thing happen to me a week ago and haven't been treated other than in the ER with a prednisone pack and some pain killers. Orthoped dr wants to do a cortisone shot but can't for two weeks and said "there's nothing else" they can do until then. I watched this group's other videos and it looks like I should be doing exercises, especially since my nerve pain goes down my legs and is making my foot and toe numb.

    • alfred vega
      alfred vega 4 жыл бұрын +1


    • John Techwriter
      John Techwriter 4 жыл бұрын +1

      Man I feel for you and hope you find a solution. Life can be so unfair. All I can say is while you’re young, it’s worthwhile fighting, so keep up the good fight. Just make sure your allies are honorable. Sometimes charlatans will pose as your defenders but actually they will be out for themselves. Learn from responsible sources, and that rules out 90 percent of the internet. I’m sorry but that’s how it is, and this vid is a perfect example.

    • Boosted Serg
      Boosted Serg 4 жыл бұрын

      Got it on my cervicals and through mid back I’m only 24 😞

  • Balthier
    Balthier 10 ай бұрын

    Yes, you must fully explore non invasive treatment before surgery. Back surgery is 50-50 at best and can make things worse.

  • Puspa Puspa
    Puspa Puspa 3 жыл бұрын

    If it's already bulging out of the back into the small of the back, caused by ignorant actions - and, all the sciatica pain down the right leg, and major spasms seem to have disappeared over time, for some unknown reason...What are the options as we age? Are there less dangerous procedures readily available to people who suffer silently from this condition? Also, what's the reasons when it's may be congenital birth defect? Thanks for your informational videos on this subject. I'm sure the majority of people hardly think about it as an issue - if they don't have any issues with bending forward!

  • B
    B  Жыл бұрын +2

    I am 19 years old and have had back pain since I was 14. I just found out from an MRI that I have a bulging disc. Prevents me from doing a lot of exercises

    • Abraham Reyes
      Abraham Reyes  Жыл бұрын +1

      See an orthopedic, or go to pain clinic, 2 epidurals fixed my life when I was 21 yrs old w 2 disc herniations

  • zencat55
    zencat55 5 жыл бұрын

    I was going through physical therapy and got worse. My physical therapist became alarmed and sent me to an orthopedist. I had an mri and found out I had a herniated disc and a bone fragment pressing on the nerve. I now have a consult with a surgeon.
    Exercise at this stage is impossible and I have drop foot and can hardly walk. S
    Sometimes an mri is just what you need.

  • Evil Weenie
    Evil Weenie  Жыл бұрын

    Yay, I'm dealing with foot drop right now from herniated disk. I'm getting an MRI soon. I'm scared that I may need surgery. I will try everything to not need surgery.

  • Wilfried van Oosterhout
    Wilfried van Oosterhout 2 жыл бұрын +42

    The PAIN!
    I have experience with second and third degree burns. Large portions of my skin were burned. But the pain that my herniated disc caused in my leg, all the way down to my foot, was MUCH worse then the pain of those burns. Then after surgery, it was like the surgeon had just flipped off a switch. The pain was gone and didn't come back.

    • H
      H 6 ай бұрын

      @Wilfried van Oosterhout oh wow that's so interesting....so the old fashioned way seems better,,,,,so glad you had relief 🙂

    • Wilfried van Oosterhout
      Wilfried van Oosterhout 6 ай бұрын

      @H For me it was instant recovery. They made me walk and climb stairs two hours after waking up. And the pain was all gone. However, they did tell me that they operated me the "old fashioned" way. And that recovery is never that easy or good with the more modern approaches. I had a laminectomy & discectomy. They drill away part of the spine to get to the disc. But with the more modern keyhole surgery the removal of the lamina isn't necessary, but recovery isn't as good.

    • H
      H 6 ай бұрын

      Was the recovery from surgery tough?

    • Wilfried van Oosterhout
      Wilfried van Oosterhout 7 ай бұрын

      @Mike herniated disc L4/L5

    • Mike
      Mike 7 ай бұрын

      What was your diagnosis?

  • DK Carter
    DK Carter 2 жыл бұрын +2

    I have a bulging disc on L5/6 and did the steroid injections twice a year until they stopped working. 10 weeks ago I had RFA-radio frequency ablation and have been pain free for about for about 4 weeks. I was initially reluctant to try it but had ran out of options other surgery. It worked do well for me. I opted to be put in twilight for the procedure. There was very little side effects other than very warm sensation on the treated area for about 2 days. Ask your Dr. if you are a candidate for RFA

  • Glenda Rogers
    Glenda Rogers  Жыл бұрын

    I just love the both of you 😀thank you for your expertise knowledge and help in this painful situation most of us are in

  • Sally Shipwreck
    Sally Shipwreck 7 ай бұрын

    My cervical disc is bulging inward into the spinal canal. 2 fingers on each hand and half of hand numb. I'm doing physical therapy now and it is helping a bit. There are some studies that suggest that PT can help certain kinds of bulges. Also it takes 9 1/2 months for it to resolve. Alpha lipoic acid may help with the peripheral neuropathy.

  • Krawcu K-rawcu
    Krawcu K-rawcu  Жыл бұрын

    Bardzo fajny film. Dziękuję panowie. Pozdrawiam.👉👍

  • Make Yourself
    Make Yourself 5 жыл бұрын

    I get pain right down to the top of my foot. Numbness on my thighs. I’m 25 and have dealt with this for 5 years now. 😓 Cortisone injections helped, and I’m apparently not a candidate for surgery. But this has affected my entire lifestyle. I’ve just come to accept that I’ll never be as active as I once was and it’s pretty upsetting. I want kids, and I’m worried I’ll be bedridden if my body has to carry that much extra weight. 😭

  • Todd B
    Todd B 4 жыл бұрын +10

    It was my understanding that newer research shows that the pain is largely due to inflammation on a damaged disk, not the disk touching the nerve itself. So that's one reason back surgery doesn't always work.

    • JohnB
      JohnB 9 ай бұрын

      My last MRI was in 2019 about 4/5 months after a bad relapse of a disc problem on a single level. At the time of the relapse I couldn't walk, but at the time of the scan and results I had no pain. The scan still showed a moderate herniation with some pressure on nerves.
      A disc bulge or herniation is likely to cause pain at some point, but it's mere existence is not a straight line to the presence of pain.

    • beerman1957
      beerman1957 3 жыл бұрын +1

      @inquisitor My bet is that you are not a doctor.

  • Gentle Oldmoviefan
    Gentle Oldmoviefan 6 ай бұрын

    In hard to diagnose cases of lumbar back pain, does it ever make sense to try hard to get a "vertical MRI" (i.e., with axial load) rather than just a "regular MRI", which is where a patient is simply lying on a table horizontally, and thus not subject to the same forces of gravity? For example, could there be varying degrees of "disc density" that could affect what happens, over time, to the body when it is in the vertical position (i.e., normal functional position) throughout the day?

  • Topazthecat
    Topazthecat 5 жыл бұрын

    I recently looked up the exact description of my MRI and terrifyingly found out that while disc sequestration is common, the location is rare and much worse and all of the medical articles say that surgery should be done sooner than later because of serious neurological deficits can happen!
    This is what my MRI describes,
    Note is also made prominent soft tissue in the left ventral epidural space posterior to the L4 vertebra this was not present previously ( the radiologist is referring to my November 2013 lumbar MRI done at the same place) and may represent a free disc fragment,this results in significant mass effect on the thecal sac.
    At L3-4 concentric disc bulging and moderate facet joint hypertrophy result in thecal sac impingement with bilateral foraminal encroachment.
    I recently looked up the exact description of my MRI and terrifyingly found out that while disc sequestration is common, the location is rare and much worse and all of the medical articles say that surgery should be done sooner than later because of serious neurological deficits can happen!
    This is what my MRI describes,
    Note is also made prominent soft tissue in the left ventral epidural space posterior to the L4 vertebra this was not present previously ( the radiologist is referring to my November 2013 lumbar MRI done at the same place) and may represent a free disc fragment,this results in significant mass effect on the thecal sac.
    At L3-4 concentric disc bulging and moderate facet joint hypertrophy result in thecal sac impingement with bilateral foraminal encroachment.
    I did have mild bulging discs in 2013, and 2 of them are now described as mild, 3 are not described as mild they were all described as mild back in November 2013 and I had diffuse degenerative disc disease then and now,but I didn't have spinal stenosis until now.

  • Tiny Bubbles
    Tiny Bubbles 5 жыл бұрын +18

    10 years with herniated l5-s1. Without drugs I felt better 3 days after surgery than I did walking into the hospital. Best day of my life. They cut me open and it came out like cheesewiz. Presurgery I was told the pain was all mental.

    • Barney Rubble
      Barney Rubble 3 ай бұрын

      They wised up w/o admitting they were wrong, same happened to me. My last visit pre surgery scheduling, doc did a 180. Went from telling me "there was no structural solution to my problem" 1st visit to sayin we should get this done asap to prevent further nerve damage. This was 5 mo after the 1st visit. Hope my foot drop resolves

    • Tiny Bubbles
      Tiny Bubbles 11 ай бұрын

      @freestyle bully Yeah, I had the same symptoms. I had a dime size spot left of center that always hurt like a broom handle pushing on my back and I had what I called the pork chop of pain on my left side because that was the shape of the pain that went into my upper butt cheek. I had a little sciatica on the outside of my left calf but it was the back pain that kept me down. It's still early in the year, find your surgeon and start the process to recovery.

    • Tiny Bubbles
      Tiny Bubbles 11 ай бұрын

      @freestyle bully I believe it was herniated. I had similar symptoms. My Dr. was Dr. Jamie L Baisden, MD. out of Froedert/ Medical College of Wisconsin. She is a great surgeon don't get me wrong but you will be fine with someone with the same with the same credentials. You need to seek out a neurosurgeon and nothing less.

    • freestyle bully
      freestyle bully 11 ай бұрын

      I've been in pain 5 months when I sit on the left side of my back not sciatica from my legs. I found out I have a l5 s1 disc bulge to the left. I dont hurt when I walk or stand. Who did your surgery? What city and state are u in? I'm in Houston. Did you have a disc buldge or disc herniation?

    • Tiny Bubbles
      Tiny Bubbles  Жыл бұрын

      @susan fudge I think that it is part of the process. Many people have herniations without pain and many have herniations that can be desensitized with physical therapy. I feel Dr's do this to limit malpractice regardless of what they actually think.