skippingrope20MemberAugust 29, 2011 at 8:11 pmPost count: 1
Hello Doctor Corenman,I’m 30 had endoscopic surgery on L4-L5 disc 6 years ago and the disc was diagnosed as relapsed recently which was very painful including constant numbness in the left leg mainly calf and toes. Recently I went to a chiro who massaged and twisted a little and now I feel no pain or numbness. Is this unusual as I asked a friend surgeon who said that it could be problematic with regards to other factors which I can’t recall much of and related to bowel problems or musclular atrophy. Thanks and have a nice day.Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorSeptember 2, 2011 at 3:06 amPost count: 8611
At 24 years of age, you underwent a microdiscectomy with good results. You have now developed another disc herniation at the same level and I assume the same side. This is not unexpected as another disc herniation at the same location (called a recurrent disc herniation) occurs about 10% of the time.
If you have no motor weakness, chiropractic and physical therapy are very good avenues for treatment. You have responded very well to chiropractic treatment and there should be no worries unless you develop further pain, weakness or bowel/bladder symptoms (which are very rare).
You still have a chance of another disc herniation at the same site but don’t worry about that as there is really nothing you can do to prevent it.
Dr. CorenmanPLEASE 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.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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