A 30-year-old male asked:
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hi, i've had lower back pain for a few years and recently got an mri after the pain had started to increase. the diagnosis is a disc bulge in the l4/l5 area. i'm a triathlete and the back pain hinders my performance. it also hurts to sit for long periods

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Dr. Navjot Chaudhary
13 years experience Neurosurgery
Non-surgical options: For back pain alone: radiofrequency ablation, physical therapy For pain radiating in to the legs: epidural steroid injection, physical therapy, gabapentin
Answered on Nov 10, 2015
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