What Course to Take for Back-Related Leg Pain

October 24, 2014

A 62-year-old man has moderate to severe leg pain after playing 36 holes of golf. The pain originates from the lumbar spine and radiates into his lower extremities. What is the best course of treatment?

A 62-year-old man presents to your office with moderate to severe leg pain after playing 36 holes of golf over the weekend. After an extensive physical examination, you note the pain originates from the lumbar spine and radiates into his lower extremities. His back-related leg pain appears to be caused by nerve root involvement from disc herniation.

What is the best course of treatment for this patient?