Protruding disc L5-S1 with impinging S1 nerve root
What should I do? My doc (family medicine) found this via MRI. I am an Occupational Therapy Assistant and have to lift and manage all types of patients in rehab. He prescribed me Predisone, but I don't know if I need to have any precautions as far as lift precautions or what. I also don't know whether to go get injections or go to therapy. My co-worker is a PTA and gave me some exercises, but I can bearly move today. Any suggestions?
Did you family doc refer you to a specialist of any sort? Neurosurgeon or orthopedic? If it was me - I'd definitely get in with somebody that can fully read and explain the MRI - and offer advice on lifting and a treatment plan.
As far as injection or therapy - I'm doing both (have a disk extrusion at the L4-L5 and the L5 nerve root displacement) . I started out on oral steroids to get some fast relief, then started physical therapy and injections through the pain mgmt clinic at about the same time. I don't know which one helps, but the combination sure helps me manage to get through every day.
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