Good afternoon all. I recently managed to convince my doctor to give me an MRI scan on my lower back and the results have come back. She referred me to the muscular/skeletal department who have since written without seeing me to say I've been referred straight on to orthopaedics. The doctor didn't really explain much about the results and I spend all day every day in pain. I am 31 years of age.
I was wondering if any of you are able to please help explain what these results mean and what I may be looking towards happening next? I've very little knowledge when it comes to the back and I don't want to investigate myself and give myself incorrect information.
There is early straightening of the normal lumbar lordosis. Endplate irregularity is noted at the L2/3 level with type 2 modic change.
There is discal dehydration at L2/3 and L5/S1.
The conus in normally positioned. The cauda equina appears normal. There is no evidence of significant disc material at L3/4 or L4/5.
At L2/3 there is a small disc bulge without evidence of focal neural compression.
At L5/S1 there is a more central disc protrusion with a possible annular tear.
No focal neural compression is seen.
Thank you in advance