4 years

Lumbar Disc Prolapse

I’ve been diagnosed with lumbar l5 disc prolapse/herniation. I would like to know what are the treatment that can be sought after for this condition?

Thank you for your questions. The following answers regarding your current queries are just general descriptions due to the limited information provided by you. Click on this link (DoctorOnCall) for a private consultation with our doctors.

First and foremost, we truly understand your concerns regarding your recent diagnosis and other health problems you might be facing. There are a few principal of treatments for your condition:

  • Pain control- you may be prescribed with just pain medications to soothe any back pain you may be having. This may be sufficient if your symptoms does not interfere with your daily activities, social life and work.
  • Muscle relaxers- this is prescribed if you have muscle spasms
  • Physical therapy-This is to improve your symptom by introducing you to exercises and positions to minimize your pain.
  • Surgery- It is indicated when conservative treatments as stated above fails to improve your symptoms especially if you have:
  1. Poorly controlled pain
  2. Numbness or weakness
  3. Difficulty standing or walking
  4. Loss of bladder or bowel control
    (Surgeons may remove just the protruding part of the disc or removal of the entire disc followed by bone fusion)

In order for us to provide you with an accurate choice of treatment and management, we need additional details to explore further into your current complaints. Therefore, we greatly suggest that you refer this to your nearest medical doctor. You may also click on this link (DoctorOnCall) to speak with our doctors online. We assure you that our conversations are kept in confidentiality unless additional consultation needed with other medical parties. Thank you.


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