Disc Herniation

Disc herniation occurs due to displacement of disc beyond the intervertebral disc space. It often occurs due to trauma, connective tissue disorders, and congenital disorders. It occurs commonly in the lumbar spine, followed by the cervical spine. Repetitive mechanical activities like twisting and bending can cause it. A sedentary lifestyle, poor posture, and obesity can also cause it. The symptoms are severe back pain, inability to walk, loss of bladder control, and muscle spasms. It is treated by taking pain-relieving medications (NSAIDs) and physiotherapy. Benzodiazepines are taken in low doses. In severe cases, surgery is required.

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How to treat Achilles tendonitis?

Query: Hello doctor, About a week ago, I got off the lounge chair and felt a sharp pain in the back of my left ankle. The pain has not changed during the week. The whole ankle is still swollen.  The pain has not changed, and it radiates from inside the heels up to my Achilles and into the lower back p...  Read Full »


Dr. Akshay Kumar Saxena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Firstly, there is no attachment and hence I could not see the clinical picture. You have mentioned about the pain at the back of your ankle along with swelling over the affected region. The injury as described by you could be Achilles Tendinitis or a partial tear in t...  Read Full »

What does my MRI report suggest as the cause of my chronic back pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I have worsening pain in my back for two decades. It has exacerbated a lot more now. I have unbearable pain throughout my back, along with chronic myofascial pain. I drove a school bus for 14 years with manual doors. I am having worsening severe pain in my thoracic region. Currently, I a...  Read Full »


Dr. Maddika Sivasankarreddy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 1) Vertebral height is normal - So no fractures. 2) Vertebral alignment is normal - No scoliosis and kyphosis. 3) Moderate degenerative disk disease from T4 to T12 - No need to think much about this finding. With the aging process, everyone will develop degenerative d...  Read Full »

At my C5-C6, central posterior disk herniation indenting the thecal sac is present. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, At C5-C6, there was a broad-based central posterior disc herniation indenting the thecal sac. I have tingling pain, stiffness, and burning sensation in my hands. Numbness and tingling down both arms and headaches are also present. I am currently taking tablet Naproxen as needed. What are...  Read Full »


Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. The treatment options you have are medical or surgical. Medical treatment requires a long-term dedication to weight loss, postural changes, frequent doctor visits, and regular physiotherapy and pain killers on as and when needed. But the bigg...  Read Full »

Do I need surgery to resolve the protrusion felt in my lower back?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a protrusion in my lower back, and my local doctor suggests surgery. I am a sports person, and I have previously recovered from such issues with physiotherapy and exercise. Is there an absolute necessity to go for surgery? When I stand upright, I have pain in the left hamstring, lik...  Read Full »


Dr. Manav Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Is there any history of numbness or tingling sensation in your legs and feet? Do you have any other symptoms suggesting neurological deficit, as per your doctor? Look, you can give a trial of conservative treatment, but there is a high chance of recurrence of the sam...  Read Full »

Can lower back pain result in paralysis even after taking treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old student. When I was 17 years old, my lower back was injured while playing cricket. That time I was also a little depressed and was taking some tablets. After 15 days, I got typhoid, so I did not care much about the injury at that time. But since then, I have been feelin...  Read Full »


Dr. Rares Chinezu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity) that you have provided, it is possible to see a fracture on the pars (the rod connecting the anterior part of the vertebra and the vertebral body to the posterior elements). The flexion-extension x-ray d...  Read Full »

What is degenerative disk disease (DDD) and how is it treated?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 35-year-old, and I do not smoke, have a correct BMI, and exercise regularly. I had lower back pain and took an MRI. Results showed that I have DDD and herniated disc. There is no pain in the legs. There is only lower back pain, especially when I get up from my sitting. I can visi...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. With the MRI report available (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), no leg pain is expected. Still, you clearly have back pain and a spasmodic list, possibly from irritated nerve endings in the annulus of the discs, and you have three that are bulgi...  Read Full »

Can a chiropractor help with a slipped disk?

Query: Hi doctor, My husband recently got an X-ray done at his chiropractor, and they told him to get an abnormal-looking spot on his hip checked out. The location on the X-ray corresponds with the hip pain. Kindly suggest if we can proceed with the treatment.  Read Full »


Dr. Padmesh Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through the two X-rays you have provided (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Adequate evaluation is limited by loads of overlapping intestinal and colonic gases; most likely, they took the X-ray without proper bowel preparation, or the patien...  Read Full »

Is disc herniation the cause of my symptoms?

Query: Hi doctor,I think that I have a pinched nerve or herniated disc in my back right next to my left shoulder blade. It makes me hard to breathe. Before two days, my face, hands, and feet became numb and my eyes got twitching while driving. When I breathed out, it was wheezy. When I inhaled, I had a cou...  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. All the nerves in the body originate from the brain and it goes to all over the body through the spinal cord. You have mentioned the presence of a herniated disc and pinched nerve in the shoulder. When this happens, nerve pathways below the herniated site get distur...  Read Full »

Why are my legs getting thinner?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a question regarding atrophy in my thigh. I have some herniated disks at L3/4, L4/5, and S1 and also spinal stenosis on those disks. The EMG only found problems on my left calf, but not on my thigh. Do you have any idea where this atrophy can result from? My left leg always has...  Read Full »


Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would like to know some details about your symptoms: 1. Since when your symptoms started? Please tell sequentially. 2. Symptoms started with back pain? Or you noticed thinning of the left leg first? 3. Do you have any weakness in the left leg? If yes, what activ...  Read Full »

What causes L4 and L5 disc problems?

Query: Hello doctor, I have chronic, worsening migraines with pain, tingling, and numbness all over, including the scalp, back of the neck, mid-back, and all over the lower body. I have migraines with light, sound, and smell sensitivity, insomnia, irregular bowel, and visual muscle rippling. I do have a h...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The pain in your lower back and both legs is from the disc problems, as mentioned in the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the lumbar spine review. The cause for the migraine and sensitivity symptoms is not clearly understandable from the images. It is possible...  Read Full »

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