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Diagnosed as small disc herniation at l5-s1 level causing pressure over,kindly help me

diagnosed as small disc herniation at l5-s1 level causing pressure over thecal sac. hi ..i m rohan ,30 yrs age male and i have been diagnosed as small disc herniation at l5-s1 level causing pressure over thecal sac. how serious is this problem and do i need to go for some surgery or can it be cured with out surgery and how long will it take to cure off ? im working in paramilitary forces as an assistant commandant. during physical training i got injured at the back. went for mri and the report says small disc herniation causing pressure over thecal sac. what does it mean and how long it will take to recover kindly help me ?
Asked On : Sat, 12 Feb 2011
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Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist 's  Response
Hi Rohan,

First of all forget any idea of considering surgery in this stage.

See a our spinal cord controls all the functions of the body. The different levels of the cord control different segments of the body. Therefore, compression of the cord at a specific level will damage the functions like controllong of your muscles and sensory feedback conduction ability like the feel of hot/cold/touch, etc. you need to monitor these functions of both the legs.

The segment involved controls the back pf your leg from your hips till the base of the foot. So, that is the area you need to monitor.

I would suggest you Physical Therapy which may last from 1 month to 2 months of a treatment with gradual spinal strengthening protocol combined with & Nerve supplements (Methylcobalamine - 1500 mcg /day with other vitamins)to be taken orally.

I would advise you to visit a good physical therapist for your further evaluation and treatment protocol.

Dr.Shirish Sachdeva
Orthopaedic & Neurological
Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
Lifestyle Medicine Counsellor
Answered: Sun, 13 Feb 2011
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