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Have numbness in leg. MRI tested. What treatment to take?

my father is 76yrs,5'7',59kgs had numbness in right leg and MRI report says: Mild difused disc bulges with inner annular tear are seen at L3-4 and L4-5 LEVEL INDENTING ON THE thecal sacand encroaching inti inferior aspect of right neural foramina touching upon right existing L3 & L4 .nerve roots respectively multilevel mild facet joint acropathy and mild ligamentum flavum hypertrophy is seen.
please advise treatment
Asked On : Sat, 13 Apr 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
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The MRI findings are suggestive of degenerative changes in the spine causing a nerve root compression. Long term treatment involves regular physiotherapy to avoid disease progression. Medical treatment can give symptomatic relief.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Dr. Praveen Tayal
Answered: Sun, 30 Jun 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. K. Naga Ravi Prasad's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi,thanks for writing to HCM.
Degenerative changes in the spine at the age of 76 years is a normal finding. But disc lesion causing pressure over the nerve root will cause shooting pain down the leg along with tingling and numbness.
The initial management for this problem is conservative by means of Bed rest, avoiding bending movements, ocassional analgesics and muscles relaxants, methylcobalamine preparations. If it is not responding to these measures, then surgical intervention may be needed. Hope this helps
Answered: Sun, 30 Jun 2013
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