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Dr. Mark Fisher
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MRI RESULTS please interpret Schmorl's nodes T11-T12, T12-L1. mild bilateral facet hypertrophy L3-L4, L4-L5, L5-S1 Mild Disc protrusion L5-S1

MRI RESULTS please interpret

Schmorl's nodes
T11-T12, T12-L1.

mild bilateral facet hypertrophy L3-L4, L4-L5, L5-S1
Mild Disc protrusion L5-S1

Don't panic: 1) The scan is not the pt; you are. 2) Operative word here is "mild." Those findings may cause no symptoms at all. 3) In medicine and especially in this sort of situation, 1 picture = 1000 words. Your doc ordered the scan for a reason. Look at the images with your doc and have them interpret them for you, or find you someone who can. You have a right to an explanation in terms you understand. ...Read more

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Facet (Definition)

Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise ...Read more


Dr. Adam Lewis
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L3-l5 no disk disease, minor degenerative facet change, no impingement. L5-s1 no disk disease, bilateral degenerative facet change no impingement. Mean?

L3-l5 no disk disease, minor degenerative facet change, no impingement. L5-s1 no disk disease, bilateral degenerative facet change no impingement. Mean?

Back pain: You are describing low back arthritis in terms of an MRI of the lumbar spine. Low back pain can be generated from degenerated or torn discs, nerve impingement from herniated discs, and inflammed or degenerated joints (facet) that connect one segment of the spine with an adjacent segment. Reducing or eliminating low back pain involves physical therapy, injections, and possibly surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Southard
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What is mild bilateral facet disease? In my lower back.

What is mild bilateral facet disease? In my lower back.

It is : Facet joints are the joint structures that connect the vertebrae to one another. It's not uncommon through normal "wear and tear" - so called degenerative arthritis - that these joints break down a bit. It's a very common finding and doesn't mean that you will have any problems from this now or in the future. Though it could be causes some discomfort in you; everyone's body is different. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Masson
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Difference b/t mild bilateral arthrosis (1/13) and superimposed facet degenerative chngs (7/13)? Grind start b/t 2 scans. What can be done to fix?

Difference b/t mild bilateral arthrosis (1/13) and superimposed facet degenerative chngs (7/13)? Grind start b/t 2 scans. What can be done to fix?

Disc failure: It implies that the disc is deteriorated at the intervertebral level putting additional stress on the joints of the spine, the facets. If all conservative measures fail, a well done spinal fusion can solve the progressive problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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What does this mean? L-5 s-1 there is central disc protrusion which contacts the thecal sac and bilateral facet degenerative change thickening flavum

What does this mean? L-5 s-1 there is central disc protrusion which contacts the thecal sac and bilateral facet degenerative change thickening flavum

Disc & Facet Issues: Looks like by the verbage you gave, your MRI suggests that you have disc herniation at L5/S1. "Central" just means in the middle of the spinal canal,"bilateral facet degenerative change thickening flavum" suggests arthritis of the facet joint and the ligament that protects the spine is thickened due to that arthritis. Protrusion is just another name for a herniation. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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L3-l4 minor degenerative facet change. No impingement. L4-l5 minor degenerative facet change. No impingement.L5-s1 bilateral degenerative facet change?

L3-l4 minor degenerative facet change. No impingement. L4-l5 minor degenerative facet change. No impingement.L5-s1 bilateral degenerative facet change?

Facet Arthropathy: Could be facet arthropathy/arthritis. There are joints in the spine where the bones articulate and can develop bone spurs and cause pain typically with extension. I would consider seeing a pain/spine specialist to see if facet injections or radiofrequency ablation would be helpful for you. While arthritis/arthropathy will not change, the pain can be reduced or eliminated. ...Read more

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Dr. Adolfo Ramirez-zamora
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Dr. Will Moorehead
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I have chronic back pain, degenerative disc disease, facet arthrosis, nerve compression, spasms, and I have been to pain mang. Tried several treatments including steriods and injections. I am on a certain narcotic for which I know is not helpful, what now

I have chronic back pain, degenerative disc disease, facet arthrosis, nerve compression, spasms, and I have been to pain mang. Tried several treatments including steriods and injections. I am on a certain narcotic for which I know is not helpful, what now

Spinal Surgeon: It appears that you have tried many forms of conservative. I would recommend that you seek the care of a spinal surgeon. If you have nerve root compression secondary to a disc herniation, facet arthrosis, foraminal stenosis or lateral stenosis, surgical decompression may be in your future. See a spinal surgeon! ...Read more

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