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New to Forum and hoping for someone to break it down for me

I just recently had an MRI to my lower back and I am so confused by my results.  I don't understand any of it!!  I just know that I am in a lot of pain! 

This is what my test results show:


At L5-S1, there is a small right paracentral disc protrusion
which results in partial effacement of the right subarticular
zone. The disc extrusion contacts but does not significantly
displace the descending right S1 nerve root. There is mild
bilateral neural foraminal stenoses.

Lumbar spine MR epidemiology

The following findings are more likely to be clinically

*  Moderate or severe stenosis
*  Disc extrusion
*  Nerve root displacement or compression
*  Grade 2 or higher listhesis

The following findings are less likely to be clinically

*  Annular Fissure
*  Disc height loss
*  Mild stenosis
*  Nerve root contact without displacement/compression
*  Grade 1 listhesis
*  Disc dessication
*  Disc bulge
*  Disc protrusion
*  Facet degeneration (any severity)

If someone knows what all this means I would really appreciate it.

Thank you in advance!



  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745

    hello trolley

    welcome to spine health

    no one on the spine-health patient forums is medically qualified or permitted to provide any advice or recommendations on any diagnostic test. however, the following key words can always be applied.


    mild treated with conservative measures such as physical therapy and mild medications. many times these situations can be cleared up and the condition can be resolved.


    moderate some more treatments may be needed, ie spinal injections, ultra sound and stronger medications. always a possibility of more aggressive treatment if the conservative measures don't help 

    severe need for stronger medications. the requirement for surgery may be necessary  

    all new members should take the system tutorial


    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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