I am scheduled for Radiofrequency Ablation on the 22nd for my lumbar area and my SI joints. However, in the meantime my PCP sent me for an MRI because of hip pain I have been having for the last year or so. I am not asking anyone here to explain to me what this MRI means, but I do have questions about the benefit of the RFA based on my new MRI results.
L1-L2: Osteophytic spurring which causes mild to moderate central canal stenosis, w/o significant neural foraminal narrowing.
Old L2 compression fracture with approx. 30% loss of vertebral body height.
Large Schmorl's node within the superior endplate of the L2 vertebral body.
L5-S1: Central disc protrusion which causes mild to moderate central canal stenosis w/deformity of the anterior aspect of the thecal sac. No significant associated neural foraminal narrowing.
1st question: Based on your knowledge or your experience, should I expect to get relief from the RFA based on my new MRI findings? Or are these not the kinds of things they even do the RFA for?
2nd question: What exactly is a Schmorl's node? Do you have them and how do they affect your pain level if any?