Hello everyone, I just got my mri results thurday, and my dr would like me to see a surgeon. Anyways I would like some advice and some input on the results.
There is evidence for a posterior annular tear with a high intensity zone at L4/L5. Ther is a borderline spinal canal stenosis due to a combination of a small amount of disc material, ligamentous thickening and bony hypertrophic changes. Moderat compromise of the left and right lateral recesses, as well as mild neural foraminal encroachment bilaterally.
Evidenc for a posterior annular tear with a high intensit zone at L5/S1. There is a underlying bulge 3mm. The neural foamina appear mildly to moderately encroached. It could result in L5 radicular type symptoms.
The rest of the lumbar is normal, thank god.
Anyways what is a annular tear? Does there seem to be anyway to avoid surgery? I've been doing a ton of exercises and my muscles are built back up. I'm not up for golf and all the other fun stuff. I manage to work allday but I am limited. My pain lvl is a 3 most of the time compared to 8-10 24/7. I thought I was getting better untill this mri knocked the wind out of my sails. My main issue is my feet and hamstring my back does'nt hurt to often.
Well any input would be greatly appreciated, thanks