My mother is suffering low back pain for several years. The recent MRI report is as below:
Multiplanar images using multiple pulse sequences.
Low back pain with radiate to left lower limb for 6 months. Tingling and numbness of left lower limb.
The lumbar lordosis is maintained. Mild lumbar scoliosis is seen.
There is forward displacement of L5 vertebra over Si.
Normal vertebral height is noted.
The discs show normal signal intensity at L4-5 and L5-S1 level show hypointensity on T2 weighted images,
due to disc desiccation.
Normal marrow signal intensity is seen.
The visualized part of the cord shows normal signal characteristics.
The imaged pre and paravertebral soft tissue appear normal.
At L2-3 and L3-4 levels: Mild disc bulges are causing mild thecal sac indentations and mild neural foraminal narrowing.
At L4-5 and L5-Sl levels: Disc height is slightly reduced at L4-5 level. Central and paracentral disc protrusions and mild facet / flaval hypertrophy are causing thecal sac indentations and neural foraminal stenosis.
• Degenerative disc disease at L4-5 and L5-Sl levels.
• Grade-I anterolisthesis of L5 vertebra.
• IA-5 and L5-Sl levels Spinal canal and neural foraminal stenosis due to central and paracentral disc protrusions and mild facet / flaval hypertrophy.
• L2-3 and L3-4 levels Mild thecal sac indentations and mild neural foraniinal narrowing due to mild disc bulges.
The doctor have suggested for surgery. Do my mom really need surgery or have any other alternative for cure and bypass the surgical hazards.
I shall be grateful, if anybody please share his/her expertise.