I have just received my MRI scan results for my lower back & I have no idea what it means!
I injured my back deadlifting in the gym over a year ago, so the lower back problem has been present for some time. I am otherwise in full health, 25 years old.
Findings of MRI are as follows:
"The conus is sited at the T12-L1 disk level.
The visualised cord and cauda return normal signal.
Normal visualised vertebral marrow signal.
The canal is capacious throughout the lumbar and sacral levels.
Bulky moderate multilevel facet OA present and this is particularly pronounced at the L4-L5 and L5-S1 levels.
The upper 2 lumbar disks are slightly dehydrated but there is no compromise seen to nerve roots at these levels.
The L3-L4 disk is dehydrated with a broad-based disk bulge and focal central protrusion which is small but effaces thecal sac.
No definite compromise seen at this level however.
The L4-L5 disc is dehydrated witha broad-based disk bulge. This accompanies bulky facet OA particularly on the left side narrowing lateral recess and there is some mild effacement of the left L5 nerve root in this region.
However, there is a moderate left foraminal stenosis in which the foraminal L4 root on the left side does appear to be impinged to some degree. This is predominantly due to bulky facet osteophytosis.
The L5-S1 disk is reasonably well-preserved. There is sacralisation of the L5 vertebral body. Focal high signal in the pars on each side may reflect some low-grade stress.
Conclusion: evolving degenerative changes within the facets and lower lumbar disks as detailed above. Moderate to"
(The report literally finishes like that... not sure what the "moderate to" was about to refer to.)
Any doctors on the forum?? Can you advise??