Low Back Disc Herniation Gets Better Without Surgery

A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine discusses a case of a woman with lower back pain, leg pain and leg numbness.  An initial MRI showed a lumbar disc herniation.  Instead of surgery she chose conservative treatment.  Her symptoms went away and a second MRI 5 months later showed it had resolved.

The authors also noted:  ” Data from clinical trials suggest that patients who have herniated lumbar disks have similar long-term outcomes whether they undergo surgery or elect conservative management. In addition, the risk of subsequent catastrophic worsening without surgery is minimal.”

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Resolution of Lumbar Disk Herniation without Surgery
Jennifer Hong, M.D., and Perry A. Ball, M.D.
N Engl J Med 2016; 374:1564April 21, 2016DOI: 10.1056/NEJMicm1511194

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