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Suffering from lower back pain, unable to sit long hours. What does MRI report mean?

Hello Sir I have low back pain and an MRI was taken, the results are as below There is centro - right paracentral protrusion of the L5-S1 disc intending the right Traversing S1 nerve root There is mild postero central protrusion of the L4-5 disc indenting the thecal sac How do I go about this, the pain is terrible and cannot sit for more than 25 min, please help
Asked On : Sun, 6 Jan 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for writing to us.

I understand you have back pain . You are suffering from Prolapsed intervertebral disc ( PIVD) where the nerves get compressed by the protruded disc.

There are several treatment modalities with medicines, physiotherapy and with injections in the back called epidural injections and root/facet blocks.

If you dont get better with these treatment , surgery is the option, by which the nerves are decompressed by removing the protruded disc (discectomy), which would significantly improve your symptoms.

So I suggest discuss these with your orthopaedician.

Wishing you good health...
Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Answered: Sun, 6 Jan 2013
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