Microdiscectomy but mostly back pain?

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  • c2523
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    Hi Dr Corenman, I am a 21 year old athlete who herniated a L5 S1 disc deadlifting a year and two months ago, I developed very bad disc back pain and severely tight hamstrings, overbtime the inflamation has gone down and I have good range of motion now but the back pain has become chronic despite trying to stay active with physical therapy and many other treatments, I have only just recently started noticing very slight tingling in my foot but nothing serious, I am being recommended for a microdiscectomy but I am scared that this will not resolve my back pain, I see many people having a successful microdiscectomy but their main source of pain was sciatica, if I have mainly an aching type pain coming from my disc with tight hamstrings, is a microdiscectomy still a viable option even though I really dont have much leg pain at all?

    Dr. Corenman
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    Make sure you don’t have unrecognized pars fractures (spondylolysis) as the cause of your lower back pain. If your disc is truly causing your lower back pain, you should have at least a tear or “bulge” (small herniation) that is noted on your MRI. If I assume you have already gone through and failed a full workup and physical therapy program, and you have the noted findings on MRI, you could be a candidate for a microdiscectomy. Understand that the success rate (satisfaction rate) for a microdiscectomy for relief of lower back pain (not leg pain) is about 50%.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
    If this forum has helped you, please let Dr. Corenman know!

    Dr. Corenman
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    Post count: 5455

    Make sure you don’t have unrecognized pars fractures (spondylolysis) as the cause of your lower back pain. If your disc is truly causing your lower back pain, you should have at least a tear or “bulge” (small herniation) that is noted on your MRI. If I assume you have already gone through and failed a full workup and physical therapy program, and you have the noted findings on MRI, you could be a candidate for a microdiscectomy. Understand that the success rate (satisfaction rate) for a microdiscectomy for relief of lower back pain (not leg pain) is about 50%.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
    If this forum has helped you, please let Dr. Corenman know!

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