Chronic Orchialgia Stemming From Lumbar Disc Herniation: A Case Report and Brief Review

Eric Chun Pu Chu (Corresponding Author), Arnold Yu Lok Wong

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Abstract

Chronic orchialgia can be the result of pathological processes of the scrotal contents or stem from non-intrascrotal structures. Successful pain management depends on identifying the source of localized or referred pain. This is a case report of a 39-year-old male sports coach who presented with low back pain, right orchialgia, and sciatica refractory to conservative management. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging revealed disc protrusion at L3/L4 and L4/L5 levels. Positive outcomes in relieving back and testicular pain were obtained after a total of 30 chiropractic sessions over a 9-week period. The evidence of the subjective improvement was corroborated by regression of the herniated discs documented on the repeat MR imaging. While chronic orchialgia is not an uncommon problem for men of all ages, it has seldom been described in association with lumbar discogenic disease. The current study provided preliminary support for a link between orchialgia and lumbar disc herniation. Chiropractic manipulation had provided a mechanistic alleviation of noxious lumbar stimuli, leading to symptomatic and functional improvements.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Journal of Men's Health
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2021

Keywords

  • chiropractic
  • discogenic disease
  • lumbar disc herniation
  • orchialgia
  • testicle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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