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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 27 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.
Last updated Apr 24, 2015

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