A 35-year-old male asked:
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my husband 's xray shows straightening of the lumbar spine, with pain from his left buttock down the foot.anti-inflamatory was useless.what's the cure?

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Dr. Sean Kearney
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Back Pain: Straightening of the lumbar spine indicates spinal muscle spasm. If there is associated pain (or numbness) that radiates to the foot, a herniated disc is a possibility. Depending on the duration of symptoms, a lumbar spine MRI may be indicated. If symptoms have been present for 2-4 weeks, physical therapy and anti-inflammatories can help. If greater than 4 weeks, would consider MRI
Answered on Sep 18, 2017

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