23 year old son- herniated L-5
My son has been experiencing significant lower back pain for about 12 weeks. Initially, he went to a chiropractor who did traction/adjustments. Pain did not improve so he went to an orthopedist who ordered an MRI. L-5 is herniated. My son was sent to a pain management doctor. He has had traction for the past two weeks and an epidural today. The next step once pain is under control would be pt. Two weeks ago, my son started to experience severe sciatica. Yesterday, he was barely able to walk, having to lean against the wall to go from on room to another. He had an epidural under fluroscapy at a same day surgery center this morning. How long will it take for him to know if the epidural will relieve the pain? Is there a chance that surgery can be avioded?