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My father is in s mid 70's and went to the doctor
My father is in his mid 70's and went to the doctor for back problems. He does not want cortisone shots. I would like you to look at the MRI reports and tell me what you think of his condition. if you have any other suggestions. He did start seeing a Chiropractor just recently after seeing a physician his options are either surgery or shots.
I am an Orthopaedic surgeon and I would be happy to help you today.
MRI report shows lumbar Canal stenosis at level of l4 L5.
Ideally this should be decompressed surgically or epidural steroid injections may be used to get relief.
But if your father is not agreeable to either, then conservative treatment in form of certain drugs like Pregabalin or gabapentin along with flexion exercises of lumbosacral spine to open up the canal maybe tried. These exercises should be done under the supervision of physiotherapist or a physiatrist who is a MD in physical rehabilitation.
Feel free to ask any follow-up questions.