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Fusion? PT? Steriod injections??

hope4leohhope4leo Posts: 200
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have a silly question? I have two herniated disc both of which are on nerve roots causing very extreme leg pain, numbing and tingling. I had a previous surgery to have partial disc removed off of the nerve at L5/S1. In addition to that disc -reherniating the L4 is also hernaited and is on the nerve root. Will Physical therpy help this time around with additional damage? Will steriod injections help? I am looking at a level two fusion and I was just wondering what the road ahead may look like in regard to any and all prior treatment.
I see the neuro-surgeon on Wednesday~
Thanks for any and all the advice you can send my way!

Shannon ~


  • Go the conservative route with PT and injections first. Only if the NS says there is a risk of paralysis or permanent nerve damage should you go for surgery right now. There are very little side effects and risks from one or two steroid injections, and they may help a lot along with PT.
  • Shannon,

    Are your discs degenerated/dehydrated? If so, PT and steroid injections may not help.

    The way steroid injections work is to relieve some inflammation around the nerves and discs, allowing the discs time to repair themselves. If discs are severely degenerated/dehydrated, it is unlikely they would ever be able to heal themselves.
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