Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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“Disc bulges effacing the thecal sac” indicate degenerative disc changes but no significant neurological compression. This could cause local thoraco-lumbar back pain but no pain in the left leg.You have some degenerative disc disease in the L5-S1 segment (lowest disc) which can cause lower back pain. Keeping weight down and working on core strengthening would be the best way to treat these disorders. The MRI report is not too descriptive but nothing I see makes me think of surgery.

Dr. Corenman