Can somebody help me understand the results of an MRI

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QuintasPuertoRico
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   Posted 3/10/2009 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I recently had an MRI of the Lumber Spine, but I wouldn't see the doctor for about a week, and I would like to know what the interpretation is. It reads as follows:

No compression fracture or dislocation is seen.
Generalized osteophyte formation (???)
Disc desiccation is seen at L4-L5 and L-5 and S1. (???)
Minimal narrowing of the disc spaces seen at L4-L5 level
There is generalized hypertrophy of the apophyseal joints (???)
L4-L5 shows lateral canal stenossis secondary to severe hypertrophy of the apophyseal joints(???)
l5-S1 level show no disc herniation of disc bulge.

Please help!!!!

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MikeB
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   Posted 3/10/2009 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   

Osteophytes are bone spurs.

Disc dessication means they are drying out some.

Lateral canal stenosis is narrowing of the areas where the nerve roots pass out from your spine.

I am guessing you have had lower back, hip or leg pain and/or numbness. Your MRI is consistent with degenerative lumbar spinal disease, probably with stenosis amnd nerve compression.


QuintasPuertoRico
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   Posted 3/10/2009 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank's for answering so soon MikeB.

As you say I have been experiencing lower back pains for many months, and in October I was diagnosed with Spondylosis. The doctors gave a couple of days rest and some medication and back to work.

But the pain comes back after around a month and half later and I'm given the same prescriptions and rest. I have seen various doctors and the say the the condition is work related. I work as a Bank Consultant here in Puerto Rico and I am constantly sitting down and standing up attending our customers and constantly on the move.

Is it possible that my condition may be work related? Just in case, I don't use high heels for work.

What kind of therapy is recommended for this condition and what are my probabilities that I can get better or worsen?

Thanks for your valuable help.

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MikeB
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   Posted 3/10/2009 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Those changes are usually more age related and degenerative than work related. It's hard to say what a doctor would rule on that. Treatments can include steroid injections in the nerve roots which can be very effective in alleviating pain. I would doubt that your case would be surgical with no clear disc protrusions. Also physical therapy ay be of use. This is more of a nagging problem that is part of getting older than the kind of thing that can be fixed by a direct procedure.
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