A member asked:
Posterior disc protrusion at lumbar4?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Thomas Dowling answered
39 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Usually time heals: 90% of disc herniations including extrusions heal over time without surgery. One study looked at mris in people with symptomatic disc herniations & then repeated a MRI 6 months later & the disc herniation was no longer present or significantly reduced in size. For most, it is not only the actual compression of the nerve by the disc, but the inflammation caused by the herniation that resolves.
Answered on Dec 1, 2018
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