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A 62-year-old male asked:

Hi doctor. my orthopedic surgeon wants me to go for surgery on my lower back . is there other ways of resolving the pain instead of surgery?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 54 years experience
Maybe: Depending upon reason for low back pain, in many cases surgery may not be needed. A ruptured disc not causing progressive weakness or muscle atrophy, or urinary problems, may dessicate and shrink over 9-10 months. Epidural steroid injections and physical therapy may be helpful, and some exercise programs are of value. Medications can be palliative. Get second opinion also.
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