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Old 01-19-2013, 02:49 AM   #3
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Re: MRI report on back, What is diagnosis ????

Cg:

Welcome to the board. Yes a lot of times we all get MRI reports that tells us what is wrong; i.e. degenerative changes etc, but the question is what is supposed to be done about the findings in regards to the treatment.

First dont forget the MRI is meant to evaluate the problem and tell you what is going on. As to "treatment" I don't think that is the function of the radiologist who reads and interprets the films.

The course of action on the findings needs to be in the hands of your treating physician.

Who are you treating with? What type of doctor? Orthopedist? Neurosurgeon?

We all will experience "degenerative changes" to our spine as we age. This is part of the normal againg process. But when symptoms appear that affect the quality of life thats when some intervention may be needed. And that does not automatically mean do surgery. There may be a need for anti-inflammatories; pain medications or some type of physical therapy.

If there is no "nerve compression" -- stenosis --- that is a good thing in that it is not affecting the nerves or putting pressure on them; thus causing your pain.

I think you need to see a doctor (Orthopedist - Neurosurgeo) that could evaluate then based on the findings as to the source of the pain and give you treatment. But it is important that you choose the right specialist to treat you. It should be someone that is specifically trained in "spine" related issues. I do not feel that treatment should be in the hands of your primary doctor. Keep in mind treatment should be conservative in nature. This meaning surgery be the "last" treatment option offered to you. Again physical therapy; medication to deal with inflammation etc.

Good luck let us know how you make out.

 
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