I'm really confused with the differences between a disc bulge, protrusion, and herniation. I had a fall at work, lower back pain felt like there was a knife stuck in me, and I had pain radiating down my leg.. Best to be described as a shocking feeling all down my leg. 1st time I went to the dr he said I pulled a muscle and sent me on my way 5 days later im back in his office.. He does a straight leg test and finally caves and sends me for an MRI. Which reads "at L5-S1 there is a chronic left eccentric disc protrusion which extends right of midline thru the left lateral recess. It causes moderate stenosis of the left lateral recess with impingement and posterior displacement of the left S1 nerve root. Central spinal stenosis is mild with midline AP thecal sac diameter About 12 mm. There is mild left foraminal stenosis and no significant right foraminal stenosis."
And then this "at L2-3 there is a tiny focal annular tear in the posterior midline of the disc margin.
And this..."At L3-4 there is a small chronic central posterior disc protrusion causing mild central spinal stenosis with AP thecal sac diameter at 9mm.
And FINALLY..." L2-3 shows mind annular disc buldging without significant stenosis or neural impingement"
Side note: I've never had any problems with my back. Nothing of any significance that comes to mind... So I'm curious as to what the difference is to bulging, protruding, and herniated discs. If anyone can help!!
There is nobody on the forum qualified or permitted to comment on an MRI finding, any responses are based on personal experiences only