A member asked:

Post epidural for collapsed disc at l4-l5 w/o herniation w/ radiculopathy (l) leg. i know that the relief is temporary. can it be fixed? permanent tx?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic answered

Specializes in Neurology

The ESI buys a little time but does not "cure" the pinched nerve. However, the disc may desiccate and shrink over 9-10 months, and improve outcome. Surgery here may be a drastic remedy, but may be useful when increasing weakness, atrophy, or urinary tract issues. I find physical therapy to be highly beneficial. Sometimes oral or injected steroids can stabilize.

Answered Apr 20, 2016



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