Hi Dear Forum members!
I had a work related back injury, I had very strong back pains and left leg pains, that sometimes moved to my right leg.
I got shots for pain, and walked with a cane for a few months, got steroids pills, and had the MRI done, they found some mild disc bulging , and a small annular tear on S1-L5, in addition to mild bulging on the same disc.
I had the EMG done, and the neurologyst found that I have "Positive sharp waves and complex repetitive discharges in the left lumbosacral musculature at approximately the S1-L5 level, compatible with radiculopathy"
He mentioned that he did not find abnormalities on my limbs, but that he is convinced that the diagnostic is Radiculopathy.
My treating physician(Pain management Dr.) at workers comp does not accept the results regarding Radiculopathy, because he says that the limb must also show abnormalities in order to confirm Radiculopathy.
Can someone please help me to understand who is right and can the findings as described above be enough for confirming Radiculopathy? or would the limb also have to be abnormal to approve it?
One last question, does the tear on S1-L5 correlates with the Positive sharp waves and complex repetitive discharges on the same S1-L5 level?, do you think that there's reasonable reason to believe that there's a connection between the two?
Thank you very much for any piece of information!