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Have herniated disk in lower back. Had a accident earlier. Can it the reason for this?

I only had a herniated disk from 9 yrs ago in my lower back. I had a MRI done on saturday. It says L3/4 and L4/5 both have mild disk space narrowing with partial dehydration of the disk. L3/4 is more to the left. L 4/5 is seen centrally. Now i was recently in a car accident. Where did this other herniated disk come from? I only had one. And also in my neck C 5/6 level, i have a herniated disk there as well. Could that have happened from my car accident?
Asked On : Fri, 26 Apr 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
Welcome at HCM.

I have red your question completely.

It looks that you are troubled from finding of MRI.

You should not worry from finding of MRI scan until unless you have severe symptoms.

The disc prolapse can be there due to injury ,lifting heavy weight ,bending in abnormal position,etc.

If you had accident then this can be there due to that .

At present you should take care of this.

You should do following to prevent & treat this condition-

-Avoid lifting weight more then your capacity.

-Keep your posture right.Avoid slouching posture.

-Start doing exercises to strengthen your back.You may do following-

-Do warm fomentation over your back.This will relieve the spasm at your back.

-You may have mild analgesic like advil or aleeve for relief.

Hope this all will be helpful for you.

With best wishes.
Answered: Fri, 26 Apr 2013
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