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Disc Herniation compressing thecal sac and nerve roots.

Started by raul_dazzler on 02/14/2011 1:14pm

Im a 16 year old boy. Im a footballer(soccer player) and theatre artist. Recently I had a lot of knee pain and then back pain too. When I had an MRI done, the MRI scan showed that I have a Posterocentral subligamentous disc herniation at L5-S1 compressing the thecal sac and nerve roots in the lateral recess. Is it a major problem? Will I heal fully? If yes how long? When can I start playing football(soccer) again? What treatment is advisable?

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You really need to see a doctor and follow his advice, possible given meds to reduce inflammation, and physical therapy and certain excersices to give the herniation some space to heal. Young people heal quickly but it needs time and you can do more damage by ignoring the problem and continueing on as usual. I would avoid high impact excersizes like running of jogging and avoid sits up if you do work out. There are some good basic excersizes on this site targeted at back pain. Be aware of pain in your legs or butt because this could be a sign of things worsenning