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What percentage of back injuries do you think require surgery?
I think the answer might surprise you.
Because it’s in incredibly low.
Only around 5% of all back injuries actually require surgery.
In this week’s post I’ve highlighted a 29 year old woman who was experiencing low back pain and sciatica (numbness into her leg).
A MRI of her low back (Figure A) confirmed that she had a disc herniation at the L4-L5 level (between the 4th and 5th lumbar vertebrae).
Disc herniations are a type of back injury that most think requires surgery.
But they don’t…
This patient opted for a conservative approach (what we do here at DSM Spine+Sport).
A MRI of her low back 5 months later (Figure B) showed that the disc herniation had resolved!