So many times people post their MRI Reports and ask people what this really means.
WARNING reading and interpreting of MRI reports by any member here HAS to be viewed as coming from ONLY untrained individuals or from personal experiences. You SHOULD never take what members here say as the formal medical review and diagnosis of your MRI
That being said. There are a few keywords that can be applied to any MRI report.
Mild Ok, you have some discomfort, could get worse, nothing that needs immediate attention.
Medium Ok, things are not looking all that great, probably something that needs attention soon, cant let it go because it can get more severe. Surgery?? Not sure
Severe Ok, NOT good. Will need attention. Do not let this one go, you will only be in pain.
Small tear Ok, minor tear in the disc material, start of problems. Address things like this now before it gets worse. Many times you will hear the term:
paracentral - which can be left or right
WARNING These are NOT formal medication defintions,just something to consider when looking at any MRI. Please REMEMBER to ALWAYS consult a doctor when you need the facts.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences