L5-S1 disc dessication

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I have disc dessication on L5-S1 level..Posterior peridiscal osteophytes is seen at L5-S1 level..There is diffuse disc bulge with a broad based central and bilateral central protrusion at L5-S1 level causing bilateral neural foraminal narrowing and compressive impingement of S1 traversing nerve roots bilaterally..There is mild diffuse disc bulge at L4-L5 level. I want to know whether my problem will be solve through medication & physiotherapy or I would have to go through surgery..My age is 23..



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    Hello Doc, My Mom is 84 and recently had severe pain on the back of her left leg. Based on her MRI, doctor explained that she has disc dessication at L3-4 with diffuse disc bulge. Narrowing of the central canal &bilateral exit neuroforamina. Same at L4-5 with Grade 1 spondylolisthesis, intervertebral disc level causing intraforamina and lumbar canal stenosis. The APdiameter of the central canal is 10.3mm. Ligamentum flava and inpet joint hypertrophy is identified. At L5-S1 Residual AP diameter is 10.1mm. Doctor prescribed pain killers for 3 weeks but I would like to know if there is any other non-intrusive treatment like physio therapy that can help to manage her pain. The pain is especially serious when she tries to take the first step after getting up in the morning. She takes pain killers 3 times a day and if she skips, she will feel the pain.

    Dr Anthony Gambale

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    Dear Ribhuraj,Your condition is serious and advance. It is unusual to see such advance degenerative condition with such a young person. You may require surgery but you should be evaluated by a Chiropractor and have any long standing spinal structural alignment problem corrected. You likely have had a spinal subluxation (misalignment) as long as you have been walking.Fell free to visit our web site for a better understanding of your health.


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