Re: Mri results for spine
Bear in mind that none of us are physicians, so keep that in mind while you are reading.
Also, remember that a MRI is just one piece of the diagnostic puzzle. The spine specialist will correlate the findings to what he finds upon physical examination, basic neurologic exam and a history of your symptoms and how they are affecting your life.
So the MRI report does not necessarily indicate what is causing your pain. There is very little to investigate from the report. Things that are "wrong" appear to be quite minimal. There is no severe nerve compression or big disc herniation. There is minimal to no stenosis in the central canal or the neural foraminal openings....The only thing mentioned that I would think might be causing your pain is the annular tear at L4-L5. The report does not indicate whether it is small or large.
The annulus fibrosis is a tough, outer ring that runs around the perimeter of the disc, keeping the softer gel-like interior nucleus contained. When there is a combination of wear and tear, disc degeneration, etc. the outer ring can develop a tear or rip. Because there are some nerve endings in this part of the disc, a tear can be very painful.