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my mri scan showed that i have abulging discin my lower back. should i see a spine specialist?

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Dr. Vikas Patel
24 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: Depends on if you have nerve symptoms. If you have only back pain or sciatica type pain but no weakness or numbness or bowel or bladder problems, then you don't have to, but may want to see one to discuss first non-surgical options of treatment and then if they do not work, then possible surgical options.
Answered on Aug 14, 2013
Dr. Garry Choy
16 years experience Radiology
Depends: Yes only if you have pain or other symptoms. Many people have disc bulges and usually no treatment is needed. Especially surgery- this does not warrant surgery.
Answered on Jul 22, 2013
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