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My MRI scan showed that I have a bulging disc in my lower back. Should I see a spine specialist?

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Dr. Vikas Patel
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Vikas Patel
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Dr. Garry Choy
Radiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Garry Choy
Dr. Garry Choy
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