Lumbar spine MRI results are:
1) L4-L5- There is a 2-3 mm disc protrusion which is seen to extend into the right neural foraminal exit zone. Right neural foramina exit zone compromise is seen without spinal stenosis.
2) L5-S1- There is a 3-4 mm disc protrusion. This is slightly asymmetric, extending to the right of midline. There is an additional disc protrusion which is seen to extend into both neural foramina exit zones. Moderate right and mild left neural foraminal exit zone compromise is seen without spinal stenosis.
Injured lower back about 10 months ago(April 2013) due to months of bad dead lift and squat form. Ignored injury, continued to train for about 3-4 months. Finally couldn't train, burning sensation while sitting, standing, during flexion and extension was too much. Took a break. Started moving again with emphasis on core and bracing spine on every lift. Got stronger. Now flexion is ok. Standing is ok. At times sitting lower back flares up. At times low back stiffens up when running. Extension now has more pain than flexion. Flexion is fine now.
Anyone have any suggestions as to what MRI means and what to do to become pain free from experience?
Will be seeing PT and OS this week.