Long story short , hurt my back wearing a vest the last two years. Had an MRI done and waiting on a meeting with a specialist. Have my results on paper but have no idea what it means. Any help putting it into simple terms would ve greatly appreciated as my military career hangs in the balance. I'm a 23 year old male, major back pain in the lumbar region.
Findings- the vertebral body heights are preserved and have uniform signal intensity. Conus medullaris is anatomic in position without definite mass or syrinx . There is asymmetric disc desiccation involving the L4-5 and L5-S1 intervertebral disc spaces with intervertebral disc space narrowing noted at L5-s1.
Conclusion - asymmetric disc desiccation with central annular bulge noted L4-5 and central annular tear . No disc protusion . Associated ligamentum flavum and posterior facet hypertrophic changes with mild to moderate relative spinal stenosis. No neuroforamial compromise.
There is nobody on the forum qualified or permitted to interpret or advise on an MRI this is something you need to discuss with your doctor