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MRI results for chronic lower back pain

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Hello there. I recently had an MRI done and not really sure what my report means. If someone could tell me that would be so very helpful.
The Findings:
L5-S1 - there is decreased height & signal intensity with a broad based protrusion abutting the ventral thecal sac & S1 nerve roots without displacement. Posterior facet arthropathy bilaterally does not contribute to any significant bone stenosis. So is my back fine? Sure doesn't feel that way :( ... chronic low back pain.


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replied December 19th, 2016
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Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. There are slight degenerative changes and slight disc protrusion likely causing this back pain . Supportive care with pain killers and physiotherapy will help.

I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Khan


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