I am new to this forum. Although I have had low back pain for years, I was recently in an accident and broken my L1 vertebrae and aggravated my problems in L5/S1. I am in the research stage and seeking many opinions from doctors about what my options are. I have had a CT scan and am going for an MRI on Monday. I am not an expert but based on my scans and what I have read, it looks like I have DDD in L5/S1 as well as osteoarthritis in my facet joints (facet joint disease). My L5 endplate is eroded and my orthopedist described the disc as bone on bone. I have tried the conservative route and with this new injury, I am ready for surgery. I would like to do an artificial disc but my chiropractor says that will fix the DDD but I need to address the facet issue as well. Anyone have any suggestions of the best well to deal with a degenerated disc, facet joint issues, and osteoarthritis? Anyone post scans on this site to get opinions from others or to compare and learn?
Lynne - trying hard to get back to living sans pain.