Re: Mri Back Scan help
[QUOTE=hippoman;5122836]Hi have had an MRI scan on my back and am looking for some information explaining my results as i have no idea.
L4-5 broad posterior to left protrusion extending into the recess abutting the L5 nerve root
Degeneration of the two lowest discs L4-S1 with minor loss of height at L4/L5
L5/S1 broad posterior to left protrusion into the recess but appears clear of adjacent nerve roots.
Cervical Spine ,
Minor bony narrowing of left C3/C4 BOTH C4/C5 AND lEFT c5/c6 NERVE ROOT CANALS.
Dear hippoman, Welcome to healthboards! There is a disc protrusion @ L4-5 that is just touching the nerve that goes from your spinal cord down the left leg, also @ L5-S1 there is a disc protrusion but it isnt touching the nerve, & ddd is degenerative disc disease which is very common & starts to show up on humans about age 18 from normal wear & tear. Radiologists describe severity of DDD usually as mild or slight, moderate & severe but what you have posted just says degeneration.Radiological imaging is only part of the process of diagnosing a back problem, a neurological exam & a detailed history with all your symptoms are necessary to make a diagnosis & a practice limited to spine only neurosurgeon or a fellowship trained spine orthopedic surgeon is the kind of dr needed to do all this in my opinion. What symptoms are you having? A dermatome map is very helpful to locate the parts of the body that are innervated by the L4-5, L5-S1 nerve roots & it is interesting to see if this aligns with your symptoms, i looked one up as i too have residual problems with those two levels also. I think
you may need to provide more details on both mri's for an explanation. I hope this helps!
Last edited by gmak; 01-27-2013 at 02:15 AM.
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