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  • Donald Corenman
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    My Brother has Degenerative Back Disease. He saw a back specialist who reviewed his MRI and said that there was nothing that could be done. Subsequently for the last 9 years he has suffered tremendously with intermittent pain relief after epidural injections into his spine. He has now become resilient to these injections. With the pain, depression is a major part of his life now and he is becoming detached. Is there anything we can do at this point?

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Normally, lower back pain is caused by degenerative disc disease. If your brother has already undergone physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, injection therapy and medications, he might be a candidate for surgery. It depends upon how many levels are involved, his desired lifestyle after surgery, his expectations and if a surgical workup indicates he is a candidate for surgery in the first place. There are spine surgeons that won’t do surgery for lower back pain and if he found one with that philosophy, he should look for another that will consider him for surgery. Check the website for a discussion of discograms which might be the next test he would need in the hands of another spine surgeon.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Corenman

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