Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 170 lbs
  • 5' 2"
  • Albany NY
  • Injury Status Recovering
  • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Repeat injury? No
  • Doctor/Care Giver James Lawrence MD
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Facet Syndrome/Sprain, Spondylolisthesis, Scoliosis, Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Treatment Ratings

    Almost Cured
    Spinal Fusion Surgery
    Swimming, Laminectomy (Decompression) Surgery, Heat, Weight loss, Mattress Change, Brace, Rest, Massage, Cortisone Injection, Ice, Surgery, Epidural
    Not Improved
    TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Ultrasound Therapy, Yoga, Supplements, Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Supportive Shoes, Physical Therapy, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs

I suffered from sciatic pain for 10 years during which I tried PT, massage, injections, radio frequency ablation, chiropractic, pain meds and tens unit.

Finally when my foot and leg began going numb, I went to an orthopedic surgeon who consulted with a second surgeon on my spine. Initially, I had a laminectomy with a cage implanted. 8 months later, my lower curvature was collapsing so I opted for a fusion up to T10 in a two phase surgery.

The surgery was a success but required a third corrective surgery after 60 days. Overall, I am much better and still improving.i have not hit the two year mark yet. I adore my surgeon.

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