Re: hi, im a newbie, looking for some peace of mind!
Sorry to hear about the accident and your back pain,
Your Mri is showing that you have a disc prolapse, but its good news that its not pressing on the nerves as this is the main cause of sciatica (nerve pain in legs etc). Have you read anything about prolapsed discs?
How much pain has your back been causing you? is it stopping you from doing everyday things? Are you taking meds?
Do you know if you will be seeing a consultant about the disc prolapse?
What usually happens now is that the disc will be treated conservatively, probably with some physio and gentle exercises, Ive had a few friends who have been really helped in this way and have not had problems again now years on.
It all depends on your pain, and how your daily life is affected, if all goes well some physio and exercises to build your core muscles that support your spine will help to improve your condition, and if that doesnt help then other options will be looked into further down the line.
Surgery would be considered as an option if all else failed and you were in constant pain, but hopefully it wont come to that. It looks as though the rest of your spine around it is looking really good which is a positive encouragement, so Im sure that you will be referred for physio to help.
Hope that this helps hun
take care, warmest wishes