Symptoms can range from stiffness or continuous low-grade pain in the lower back to a deep ache that radiates out to encompass the hips, buttocks, legs (above or below the knee), ankle, and foot. Discomfort often increases when sitting and is exacerbated by bending, twisting or lifting activities.
Methods of Diagnosis
A basic physical or neurological exam, plus imaging tests such as X-rays or MRI and CT scans, are typically used to diagnose Lumbar Disc Disease and pinpoint its cause(s).
Methods of Treatment
Usually, Lumbar Disc Disease can be effectively treated with a regimen of regular exercise and over-the-counter medications. In more severe cases, physical therapy and steroid medications are used in combination. Surgery is rarely needed. However, in those instances when it is, there are now a number of effective, minimally invasive procedures worth considering.
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