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Pinched nerve on back, thickened ligament-um flavum compromising the spinal canal. What do you suggest- physiotherapy or surgery?

My mother age 80.has pinched nerve on back.
There is diffuse posterior protrusion of L4-L5 intervertebral disc.this along with thickened ligamentum flavum is compressing thecal sac and traversing nerve roots (right >left) compromising the spinal canal and encroachg right L4-l5 interver. Neural foramen
Suggest phisiotherapy or surgery
Asked On : Tue, 2 Apr 2013
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Pain Medicine & Palliative Care Specialist 's  Response
This is not a condition that is likely to improve. Your mother may get some relief of her symptoms with physiotherapy but the underlying problem will remain.
I would suggest you seek expert advice and see a spinal surgeon who can fully assess your mother and explain the pros and cons of any surgical procedure if that is thought necessary.
Dr K A Pottinger
Answered: Thu, 11 Jul 2013
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