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A 32-year-old female asked:

L4-l5: compressed, 8mm one side- other 16mm. l5-s1: bulging disc with a 5mm mass effect. shooting pain down my leg & numbness. will i need surgery?

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Dr. Ramin AmirNovin
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Differs: Each person is different. The overall response to conservative therapy (Physical therapy and Epidural injections and meds) depends on several factors: your weight, your core strength, your height, your genetic spinal canal width/height, etc. If you are short and fat, you are much more likely to need surgery with the described disc. If you are taller and slimmer, you are less likely.
Last updated Dec 21, 2020


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