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53 yo mum, sudden acute back pain, couldn't move. MRI

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My mum who is 53, suddenly developed acute back pain on her lower back towards the left side and was taken to the hospital since she couldn't move. We got an MRI scan done and below is the report

Technique: Sagittal and axial T1, T2 W images with a 1.5 T GE MRI machine

There are suspicion of left foraminal ( far lateral ) disc herniation at L4-L5 and L5-S1 levels, on axial T2 w.images.
Clinical correlation and NCV study could evaluate their significance.
There is no evidence of other more signification disc herniation or protrusion.
There is no sign of intramedullary or intradural mass lesion.
No sign of congenital bony spinal canal stenosis is evident.
Vertebral alignment, bone marrow signal and paravertebral structures are normal.
The conus medularis is normal in signal intensity and appearance.


We would just like your opinion on this

Many thank !

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replied September 20th, 2014
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Thank you for asking

herniation is mild and easily manageable conservatively. All you mum needs is some rest, good physiotherapy exercises, some muscle relaxants and pain killers and avoiding lifting heavy weights in future of any kind or any strenuous activity. She will be fine. Get a physiotherapist and let them take care of this herniation.

If need be despite the efforts after three months. epidural steroid injections may be tried they help alot.

Take care

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