Lumbar Disc Disease (cont.)
When to Seek Medical Care
Most adults will have an episode or multiple episodes of low back pain during
their lives. Most of these episodes do not require a visit to the doctor. The
majority of low back pain resolves without any treatment or with
over-the-counter medications and a short period of rest.
However, any person with the "red flag symptoms" (the warning signs listed
above) should be evaluated by a doctor.
Questions to Ask the Doctor
- Are there
any physical therapy programs or exercises that might help my symptoms?
I benefit from surgery? This should only be a concern if pain has not improved
with conservative treatment. Surgical options to discuss with the doctor include
lumbar decompression, lumbar fusion, and lumbar disc replacement. If considering
surgery, discuss the risks and benefits of each of these surgical interventions
with the surgeon.
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