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Why does this cause pain?

Cess02CCess02 Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Lower Back Pain
I have had lower back pain for awhile. I recently had an x-ray and this is what it showed:
There is narrowing of the L4-L5 and L5-S1 disc spaces as well as hypertrophic changes of the L5-S1 facet joints. There is a shallow rotatory levoscoliosis of the thoracolumbar spine centered at L2.
My question is...WHY does this cause back pain??


  • Welcome to Spine-Health.

    The only thing I can tell you from personal experience is that I had hypertrophic changes to my L4/5 facet joints and had a tremendous amount of lower back pain. In my case the facet joints were swollen and the gel that keeps them fluid when rubbing together was gone, thus bone on bone which of course is painful.

    As for the rest, I can't comment as I don't know what that's all about. The disc narrowing is a very generic diagnosis and can mean a few things. Since we aren't qualified to read MRIs or reports, it doubtful that any of us could know about those with such general information. But there might be a few opinions from experience.

    Take care,
  • Hi Cath,
    Thanks for the reply. I am just looking for experince....my PT was pretty fague about it too. In fact, he said many people walk around with the same issues I have and do NOT have pain. I have to say, its not constant, but, if I move a certain way, and the fact I cannot stand straight is part of it too.
  • So does it hurt when you bend backward (or try)? And do you get relief when you bend forward?
  • bending forward hurts the most, backwards not so much.
  • Ok. That sounds more like disc pain then, but I really can't help. Hopefully someone can come along and give you some advice from their experience.

    Are you scheduled for an MRI?

    Good luck and keep us posted.
  • An X-ray is only a tiny piece of the puzzle when one is trying to figure out the cause of lower back pain. A MRI provides more detail on the condition of the discs, soft tissue, nerves and musculature.

    You might want to look at the following article on lower back pain:


    How long have you had symptoms? Are you working with a spinal specialist at this point?
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