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Spine problems, MRI showed multilevel degenerative disease, large disc herniation. What should be done?

Hi, Dr. My son is having problem with his spine , I m giving the MRI report in short: At the L4-L5 there is a large large disc extrusion, this extends 1.2 cm to lie posterior of the superior part of L5 and 7mm from the posterior margin of the vertebral body and is compressing on the thecal sac . There is broad-based Disc protusion on the left of L5-S1 disc. Impression : Multilevel degenerative disease . The most severe is at L4-L5 level with a large disc herniation. Less severe changes r seen at L3-L4 and L5-S1 levels. I gave him Arn 1000, Hyper 1000 & Ruta for pain. Please advice.
Asked On : Mon, 30 Jul 2012
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Hi,

Welcome to HealthCareMagic.com I am Dr.J.Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas, and I am here to help you. I have read your question with care and understand your concerns.

The report says "At the L4-L5 there is a large large disc extrusion, this extends 1.2 cm to lie posterior of the superior part of L5 and 7mm from the posterior margin of the vertebral body and is compressing on the thecal sac . "

This condition may be treated with rest, physiotherapy and exercises for some time, but eventually, he will require surgery.

Disc Bulge where Annulus is not torn can be managed by conservative treatment
But
Disc Extrusion, where Nucleus Pulposus is extruded and is pressing on the neural components require surgery sooner or later

Hope you found the answer helpful.

If you need any clarification / have doubts / have additional questions / have follow up questions, then please do not hesitate in asking again. I will be happy to answer your questions.

Best Wishes for Speedy Recovery
Let me know if I can assist you further.
Take care.
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