Re: Hey new to site, just need some help breaking down what my mri means Thankx
This is basically a good MRI finding, as far as MRI's of the spine go- you don't have any central canal stenosis, or narrowing of the spinal canal, where the spinal nerves for the lower half of your body run through.
There are no herniations, while you do have some disc drying out at L4-5, L5-S1, which is a normal finding in most anyone over the age of 21 or so. As we age, the discs in the spine loose some of their hydration, and therefore shrink for lack of a better description. Most surgeons would not consider this to be a significant finding......
There is some facet arthritis though......at all levels of the lumbar spine. This is usually managed with some injections called epidurals and the facet arthritis is also usually managed with anti inflammatories, and injections into the area surrounding the facet joints. If those fail, Radio frequency Ablation might be helpful to manage the pain.
This burns the nerves in the facet joints and can be repeated over and over if necessary to manage the pain.
You do have some mild to moderate foraminal stenosis, which is also usually managed by injections and physical therapy to strengthen your core muscles and help you maintain proper alignment in your spine.
You do have two bulging discs but it doesn't appear to be significant. This can occur because of positioning during the MRI and usually doesn't cause pain.