back pain

i had an mri done ive waited over 2 wks to get results finally went an got a copy myself need help understanding what it means at T12-L1,L1-L2,L2-L3,L3-L4 MILD FACET HYPERTROPHY AT L4-L5 MILD TO MODERATE FACET HYPERTOPHY AT L5-S2 MILD FAC HYP L5-S2 MILD FAC HYP SMALL DIFFUSE ANNULAR BULGE AND SPINAL OR FORAMINAL STENOSIS PLEASE HELP ME UNDERSTAND ALSO CHANGES NOTED WITHIN THE LOWER LUMBAR SPINE





Please understand I'm not a radiologist. You should really be asking the specialist who ordered this scan.
But, in short, some mild facet joint degeneration that needs in the main some facet joint exercises done faithfully every morning before getting out of bed. Lower back exercises ...

The stenosis bit is more significant. It means there is narrowing of the lower spinal canal, but no mention of how serious. It can be mild and of not great consequence, it can be very serious... ask the specialist, s/he should explain it you.

It all needs to be connected to the back pain history and examination. Scans can be very misleading taken in isolation.

Having been through that process, think about seeing a chiropractor. And don't forget to start those exercises. EVERY morning... gently, you won't make the Winter Olympic squad!

I hope this contributes.

Dr B


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