Orthopaedics Q&A: Surgery only option for back pain?

Orthopaedics expert, Dr VV Prasad answers readers’ questions on bone health. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Monday.
This week’s answers:

1. I am writing this for my brother aged 54 years. He is suffering from severe back ache for last two months. Initially the pain started from the left leg and gradually to hip. He had done massage for ten days but did not get any relief instead the pain increased. Consulted an Ortho doctor and he advised for Lumbosacral Spine investigation. As per the MRI report, mild degenerative changes noted in the lumber spine and in L4, L5 and S1 vertebral endplates. MRI Report is attached for your kind perusal. Doctor did not prescribe any medicine except some pain killer and vitamin tablets and advised him to take full bed rest and if there is no relief of pain, then should go for an operation.

Even after so many days of complete bed rest, there is no relief of pain. While turning from left to right, it is acute pain.

Sir, without any operation, is there any medicine to cure. Please advise how to get rid of this pain.
Thanks & Regards


Instead of just bed rest you can try some sort of physiotherapy ie: IFT, IPT etc. If nothing works out consider surgery.

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