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mri report-bilateral facet arthropathic changes with ligamentum flavum hypertrophy involving l3/l4 to l5/s1 joints. please interpret.how serious is it? how can it be treated? what could be the likely cause for this condition?

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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
20 years experience Hospital-based practice
Need symptoms.: The MRI results are meaningless without a knowledge of the symptoms which prompted the MRI. Relay your symptoms to the Radiologist who issued the report or use HealthTap Prime to start a discussion with a live physician (at that time you can upload the report & pictures for discussion). Arthritis can affect the spine, including lower back. Don't get surgery on your back - it's usually ineffective.
Answered on Jan 4, 2018
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Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Spinal stenosis: The technical term for what you have is called degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis and it is an arthritic condition. It can be asymptomatic or can cause problems with prolonged standing and walking. Patients will often lean forward when they walk and you can often see them at the store leaning on to a grocery cart. Many good treatment options available, don't hesitate to be seen.
Answered on Dec 15, 2017
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Dr. Ken Yonemura
36 years experience Neurosurgery
Spinal Stenosis: The symptoms of back or leg pain with standing or walking are known as neurogenic claudication and should resolve with sitting. The spinal canal narrows when you are upright and improves with forward flexion and sitting. Minimally invasive decompression procedures that enlarge the spinal canal are very successful and, without instability or deformity of the spine, fusion is not routinely needed.
Answered on Aug 18, 2017
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