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Bodybuilder From Ontario Canada L4L5,s1, Spinal stenosis

Shaun7333SShaun7333 Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2014 - 3:15 PM in New Member Introductions
Hello every one. I am an optician and amateur bodybuilder. I was diagnosed with a L4-L5 disc herniation back in 2007.
I have managed to avoid surgery by treating it with: physio, chiropractics, nerve block injections, stretching and training. I been lifting and training from the age of 15.

I recently got an MRI and my condition has gotten worse over the years. My recent MRI interpretation is the following:

A Technically limited study has been obtained, due to the body size of the patient. Mild degenerative changes noticed at the L4-L5 level. At L3-L4 level, a tiny central herniation is noted. At the L4-L5 level, mild spinal stenosis, and disc bulge associated with a tiny central dis herniation are noted. Mild narrowing of the right and left intervetebral foramina may also be present. At L5-S1 level, a minor disc bulge is noted.

more disc bulges and Minor stenosis :(

I can still lift and train. I just have to be really self aware with my movements. My flexibility is greatly affected. My hips are always really tight.

What are your thought's. Any suggestions for treatment other


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    There is nobody on the forum qualified interpret or to advice treatment on an MRI


    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I'm not asking for interpretation!!

    As you can see I already have an interpretation of MRI. That is a copy and past of analysis and final interpretation.

    My question was treatment
  • sandisandi Posts: 6,342
    edited 06/12/2014 - 5:27 AM
    No one is qualified to offer you treatment advise either.........the link that Liz provided clearly states that.
    You need to return to the physician who ordered your MRI and he will offer suggestions for treatment options. You can research the words and conditions on the forums, in the various sections to see what might be offered but we , as members or moderators can not offer you treatment suggestions for your specific situation.
    5.12 You agree that any information, opinions or other content provided by doctors or patients on Spine-health.com forums is for educational purposes only and is not intended for medical diagnoses or treatment. Always consult with a physician for any health problem or medical condition.

  • My mri from years ago was similar to yours, only my herniations were large. PT helped a lot but I ended up getting surgery. Small herniations often respond to PT. The ones I still have calm down when I do light yoga.
  • Hi Shaun. Have you seen a specialist? It could be worth running though your lifts to make sure you're cleared to continue with all of them in their current form. If something you're doing could increase the damage it's well worth finding out now rather than later. As HorseLady said, PT would be my first suggestion. There's a big difference between training & 'normal' exercise & the targetted therpy they can offer.

    Even with a "tiny herniation" I wouldn't let a chiropractor do any adjustments, it can do more harm than good & remember your MRI states that only a limited study was possible. MRI's don't show everything. It's better to be safe than sorry. Specialist massage could be good to loosen up without loosening up too much.

    What are your pain levels like at the moment? There are other things you can try for that. One of the reasons we're not allowed to interpret MRI's is they only give one small part of the story. A specialist will examine you, ask the relevant questions & help you to develop an action plan. We can't do that. Degenerative disc disease is a normal part of aging. Many don't experience any pain as the changes occur.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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