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By Dr. Peter Abaci
What do you do when your doctor diagnoses you with a herniated disc in your lower back? Well, first off don’t panic! How you approach this new piece of information has a lot to do with your particular clinical situation. For starters, think closely about where you feel your pain. Is it mostly in your lower back, or do you feel the most intense symptoms going down one leg?
Experiencing pain primarily in the lower back is a common problem that will afflict two thirds of the population at some time. The causes of low back pain are often nondescript and difficult to define. In other words, it can be difficult to accurately pinpoint factors contributing to the ache in your back, and evidence dictates that ordering an MRI for back pain is not really cost-effective when it comes to adding value to the treatment process. But if your doctor went ahead and got the MRI for you anyway, don’t assume that just because the radiologist found a herniated disc that this finding is clinically relevant. In fact, past studies have shown that a large proportion of asymptomatic volunteers do have herniated discs in their lower spines even though they don’t have symptoms. When it comes to choosing management strategies for your back ache, it may not be all that helpful to approach it as a herniated disc problem.
On the other hand, if most of your pain is shooting down one leg or the other, a symptom often referred to as sciatica, then an MRI finding of a herniated disc may be much more relevant. Herniation means that disc material, including the outer cartilage annulus and inner gelatinous annular elements, has pushed out beyond the normal margins of the disc space. When this happens nerve roots can get irritated by the mechanical pressure exerted on them as well as by chemical inflammation created by the herniation.Read More
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