I need a little help reading my radiology report. I had a car accident almost 2 years ago and since then my doctor had done a nucleoplasty on my neck and I had temporary relief.
I was constantly telling them I had lower back pain but since my neck was worse they only wanted to work on one thing at a time.
They finally did a lumbar MRI and it showed:
L4-5: There are small bilateral broad-based neural foraminal disc herniations. No substantial ventral epidural mass effect. Intervertebral disc shows preserved height and signal.
L5-S1: T3mm broad-based contained central disc herniation in close proximity to right S1 nerve root.
The x-ray also showed mild osteoarthritic changes.
I really don't have pain in my back but I have horrible leg pain, cramping and weakness.
I have just finished PT and shots. They are saying my next option is surgery. Does it seem that my MRI results are too minor for me to consider surgery?