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MRI results what do they mean


Early disc dehydration at L2 - L4 mild multilevel Facet joint hypertrophy causing moderate left dominant foraminal stenosis, most marked at L3/L4. Spinal canal capacious. L3/L4: Focal left foraminal disc protrusion filling the inferior aspect of the foramen. In combination with bilateral, left dominant facet joint hypertrophy causing moderate foraminal stenosis. Disc protrusion contacting the extraforaminal left L3 nerve root.


Mild degenerative changes most marked at L3-L4 here with left dominant foraminal narrowing. Tiny left sided L3-L4 foraminal/extraforaminal disc protrusion in cantact with the extraforaminal left L3 nerve root.



  • LizLiz Posts: 9,639
    Hello ironman723

    No one on the Spine-Health patient forums is medically qualified to provide any advice or 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

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