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i need to understand mri findings

Hey Im 30 yrs old and I got injured at work bout 6 weeks ago and after a couple of doctor's referrals I've been check by an orthopeadic wich send me to therapy and I have been realese from a light dutty job eventhoug I have lower back pain including buttock area, knees and weak thighs because he says that the mri doesnt show a big damage ...

Mri findings

L3-4 ver y mild left neuroforaminal narrowing to do mild eccentric bulging disc
L4-5 disc is desiccated . there is a ver y mild left neuroforaminal narrowing secondary to eccentric bulging disc
L5-s1 mild right faceta arthropathy . mild DDD
Very mild levoscoliosis of lumbar spine

I would like to understand why if this is something what is not a big damage... I can not walk normal por just lean over ... And whats the process beyond this point ..


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476

    Welcome to Spine-Health

    It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    No one here is allowed to comment on or interpret your MRI findings.

    Have you seen a spine specialist?
    There are more tests than just MRI.

    My spine specialist did different testing on me .
    The EMG he did was most revealing to doctor. It showed areas of my spine that were effected that I never even gave voice to.

    I do not know if you are on workman's comp? If so, are you able to get a second opinion?
    If yes to the workmanship comp, you might want to use search on this site, upper right on page.
    Type in ,workmans comp , and you may be led to older posts that may help you with options and suggestions from other members and their experiences.
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  • This was 6 weeks ago and is workmans comp.. I have been se en by 2 different MD until they referred my to an orthopeadic .. The 1 st MD diagnose was a lumbar strained he gave me tylenol and aleve over the counter so I was working with light dutty job restriction then the 2nd MD gave me tramadol , ibuprofen 800 and some non narcotic muscle relaxer he also referred me to the orthopeadic who kept me on light dutty job but he take that cond. Away after he check the MRI

    Im currently on PT which the only thing what im doing is gainin pain

    I have been in pain ever since , total discomfort if im sittin ... Weakness if im standin... Pain on my feet since I put my whole weight on them
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