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Traction collar and physiotherapy to treat disc prolapse - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello
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User :   I m suffered by Neck pain
Doctor :  
User :   For I did MRI and Blood test
Doctor :   ok

User :   report of MRI states that, Disc dissication all levels
Doctor :   ok

User :   diffuse disc bulge just indenting thecal sac C6-7
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User :   Dr.Told me there is some spreading of ligaments
Doctor :   ok

User :   thats why i got pain in neck
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User :   Now, Dr advise me to admit for 8 days for traction and other physiotherepy
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User :   meanwhile he has given some tablets
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User :   Dr told me if satisfactory result not found after traction and others then need to be operation.
Doctor :   ok

User :   Pls advise me to what to do.
Doctor :   may i know your age?
User :   i m 27 yrs
User :   single
Doctor :   the condition you have got is called disc prolapse or disc herniation at the cervical level
User :   right
Doctor :  
it is fairly common after 40 years of age
Doctor :   but you have got it at the age of 27
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not to worry
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because this condition usually responds to the traction and bed rest
User :   what could be reason
Doctor :   it is a degenerative condition, but difficult to say what is the cause in you
Doctor :   but the treatment and prognosis is good
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more than 70 % of success is there only with traction and bed rest
User :   ok
User :   How much days i hv to take traction and bed rest
Doctor :   as your treating orthopaedician advised take it for 8 days

User :   he is neuro surgeaon
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following which you have to undergo the neck muscle strengthening exercises for 2 months
Doctor :   if neuro surgeon is treating than it is very good
User :   Thanks,Actually i have taken treatment of two orthopaedician but they used give only painkiller.
Doctor :  
your MRI scan is showing prolapse of disc and impinging on the nerve tissue
Doctor :  
this require traction treatment
User :   yeah, earlier i have taken traction for 15 days.
Doctor :   following that neck muscle strengthening exercises were performed ?

User :   but no rest
User :   regularly, i m doing neck muscle strengthening exercises
User :   but no bed rest
Doctor :   are you using neck collar?

User :   yeah., usually uses when i m on traveling.
Doctor :   ok

Doctor :   one more attempt of the traction, collar and physiotherapy should be tried
Doctor :  
your age is only 27
Doctor :  
the success rate is high
User :   ok
Doctor :   let the traction and other advise is strictly followed
Doctor :  
it is not desirable for operative treatment at this age
Doctor :   you try one more time. i hope it will be successful
User :   What Precaution need to be taken?
Doctor :   continue the medications as prescribed
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continue the exercise
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use of the cervical collar to be continued
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avoid jolting, vigerous neck movements
User :   My job profile is to use computer for 8-9 hrs daily and atleast 200-300km travelling in week
Doctor :   travelling is what i am worried about

User :   by two wheelrer
Doctor :   this long travelling is the reason for the insufficent recovery in the first attempt
User :   right
Doctor :   you need to do something to reduce the distance travelled in a week
User :   What frequency i should use cervical collar??
Doctor :   always while travelling, and using your computer

Doctor :  
to be specific you can remove only during sleep
Doctor :   regarding pillow not to use big and soft pillow
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always use some what firm pillow
User :   Bed type??
Doctor :   again the firm type bed
Doctor :   you are young, no need to worry
Doctor :  
the condition should respond to traction and rest
Doctor :  
but you need to have a serious look at the travelling distance
User :   Dr. i m worried only for use of C collar.
Doctor :   this is temporary, once the disease is cured you need not use it anymore and you can travel for any number of distance
User :   I wanted to ask about my mediclaim facility.
User :   whether this type of disease
User :   included in my policy
User :   Shall i get cover??
Doctor :   I am sorry i have no info on this insurance policy. you can check this with the public relation officer of the hospital where you are getting treated

User :   ok
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User :   I am very thankful to you hope yours advise will get well soon.
Doctor :   i also wish you will get well soon
User :   Thanks sir
Doctor :   we are available 24/7

User :   yeah sir
Doctor :  
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User :   bye sir
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