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MRI Results (need help)

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.



  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 02/10/2014 - 10:53 AM
    There is nobody on the forum qualified to interpret an MRI

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  • As Liz has explained above, we can not interpret nor advise you on the findings of your MRI. That information needs to come from either the doctor who ordered the test or your consult with your surgeon next week.
    Unfortunately, you will also need to discuss the options with your surgeon, since he will make the decisions about further treatment based on the imaging studies and his examination of you.
    Here is a link to help you understand the usual steps to treatment for back pain, it might help explain what some of the steps are and why things are done in a sequential order. In the meantime, it would be wise to not lift until you have been cleared by the surgeon. http://www.spine-health.com/forum/pain/chronic-pain/chronic-pain-treatment-step-step
  • eteneeten Posts: 4
    edited 02/11/2014 - 10:15 AM
    I will be discussing options with a Dr. I came on here to discuss with people that have had the same MRI result what they meant in daily english. And how they went about it. but thank you for the suggestions.
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