Thanks for the opportunity to join the board.
Not asking for medical advice.
I have a broad-based disc bulge with an annular tear (is this the same as a herniated disc?) at L1-L2 per MRI report (sudden blast of pain due to injury and haven't felt the same since).
From what I see online it's a rare lumbar disc to injure.
An old poster said there was a study showing L1-L2 disc problems don't respond nearly as well to conservative treatments as the much more commonly herniated L4-L5 and L5-S1.
The poster also said that a certain surgeon's last 500 surgeries consisted of only one patient who needed surgery at the L1-L2 level.
Does anyone have any links to L1-L2 studies, in particular? I'm trying to do some research for my condition.
I have 24/7 pain (pain in right side of lower back, but pain often extends up to shoulder blade, pain in right flank, pain in right hip, pain in right groin, pain in right scrotum, pain in right buttocks and pain in the right front side of leg, above the knee).
I see pain management but no medication has helped thus far.
A chiropractor advised no exercise period, and no stretching period. Based upon my pain level 24/7 I would never even attempt to exercise.
I tried PT on my back (generalized) and also pelvic floor therapy, but no injections and no targeted PT on just the L1-L2 disc.
I'm at a standstill for over a year.
Any links to studies on L1-L2 studies would be most appreciated.