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A 27-year-old male asked:

Back pain for 10 months. mri last week showed, mild broad-based posterior disc protrusion at l5-s1 but no nerve root comprression.whats best treatment?

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Dr. Michael McFadden
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
More info. needed: I often tell my patients the following. If I (metaphorically) pull 10 people off the street, at random, who don't have back related problems, and have them get an MRI of their lumbar spine, > 5 of the 10 will have 1 or small 'imperfections' in their disc appearance(s). In your case the strong probability is that the noted finding on your MRI has no relationship to the cause of your back pain.
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