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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

Hypertrophy (Definition)

Hypertrophy is an increase in size of an organ or tissue, or a particular part of the body. Examples include muscle hypertrophy due to lifting weights, ventricular hypertrophy (enlargement of a ventricle of the heart) due to high blood pressure or other heart disorders, or prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement of ...Read more


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What does all this mean? C2-3 small disk osteophyte complex with ventral thecal sac deformity. C4-5 disk osteophyte complex with ventral cord flattening. C 5-6 Facet arthropathy and uncovertebral hypertrophy is severe right neural foraminal stenosis. Face

What does all this mean? C2-3 small disk osteophyte complex with ventral thecal sac deformity. C4-5 disk osteophyte complex with ventral cord flattening. C 5-6 Facet arthropathy and uncovertebral hypertrophy is severe right neural foraminal stenosis. Face

Degenerative: Basically refers to degenerative (aging) changes of the spine. Disk/osteophyte refers to bone spur and/or disc protrusion, and facet/uncovertebral hypertrophy refers to arthritis of the joints at the back part (facets) and sides (uncovertebral) of the vertebrae. Ventral thecal sac deformity and ventral cord flattening refer to slight pressure on the spinal cord. Stenosis refers to pinched nerve. ...Read more

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What is bilateral facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy?

What is bilateral facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy?

Degeneration: Hypertropy of the facets and ligamentum flavum refers to the expansion of these structures in the setting of degeneration. These can cause stenosis (narrowing) with compromise of the nerves going to the legs, as well as back pain. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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What does moderate bilateral L4-5 and L5-S1 facet OA with mild ligamentum flavum hypertrophy mean? It's from an MRI Scan I had done.

What does moderate bilateral L4-5 and L5-S1 facet OA with mild ligamentum  flavum  hypertrophy  mean? It's from an MRI Scan I had done.

Back degeneration: Age appropriate moderate spine degeneration with early signs of changes that can become spinal stenosis these findings need clinical correlation they can cause back and or leg pain or be asymptomatic ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a Mild circumferential disc bulge, and mild facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy including small facet effusions. S?

What does it mean when you have a Mild circumferential disc bulge, and mild facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy including small facet effusions. S?

Early degeneration: It is a degenerative condition that affects your spine motion segment, which consists of a disc and two facet joints at each level. When a disc ages it can lose its normal fluid content and can protrude out, this is sometimes known as degenerative disc disease and it is one of the more common causes of back pain. ...Read more

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What does multilevel ligamentum flavum hypertrophy and facet arthropathy mean?

Arthritis: It is another way to say you have developed degenerative arthritis in your back. This leads to arthritis in your facet joints and Hypertrophy of the ligaments in flavin in your back which then can lead to a condition known as spinal stenosis. ...Read more

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What is mild levoscoliosis,mild ligamentum flavum and facet hypertrophy at the L5-S1 level?

What is mild levoscoliosis,mild ligamentum flavum and facet hypertrophy at the L5-S1 level?

Levoscoliosis: is a curvature of the spine to the left. The other findings you mention are related to mild degenerative arthritis of the facet joints of the spine. ...Read more

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What is lumbar hypertrophic disease in facet joints and thickening of the ligamentum flavum?Mild-moderate facet hypertrophy L3-S1,lig flav thick L3-L4

What is lumbar hypertrophic disease in facet joints and thickening of the ligamentum flavum?Mild-moderate facet hypertrophy L3-S1,lig flav thick L3-L4

It means there are: Degenerative changes occurring leading to enlargement of the small joints of the spine (2at each level ) along with degenerative enlargement of a ligament that connects each segment or level of the spine that could eventually lead to an overall narrowing of the spinal canal which may lead to a condition known as spinal stenosis. Smoking, being obese & a family hx of arthritis can accelerate it. ...Read more

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My MRI showed L5-S1 disc bulge with mild facet arthropathy at L4-5 and L5-S1. As well as L5-S1 Ligamentum Flavum Hypertrophy and facet Arthropathy??

My MRI showed L5-S1 disc bulge with mild facet arthropathy at L4-5 and L5-S1.  As well as L5-S1 Ligamentum Flavum Hypertrophy and facet Arthropathy??

Spinal Arthritis: Your MRI results are consistent with age. Often these findings do not cause any pain. A lifetime of use, injuries (sports/falls) are consistent with these findings. Most people have similar "arthritic" changes in the spine after age 25. I assume you are symptomatic. PT, weight control and strengthening your back would good first steps. Listening to your pain is very important to avoid re-injuring. ...Read more

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I have mild lumbar hypertrophic disease in the facet joints with ligamentum flavum thickening. Will it progress or can it be reversed?

I have mild lumbar hypertrophic disease in the facet joints with ligamentum flavum thickening. Will it progress or can it be reversed?

Progressive: This is a progressive condition. It is unusual for a 27 years old to develop significant degenerative disease. There may be mechanical factors like scoliosis, leg length discrepency or abnormalities of the joints of the lower limbs. A physiatrist or experienced physical therapist may be able to help. ...Read more

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What is neural forminal hypertrophic vhanges of the ligamentum flavum bilataterally bulging of intervertebral disc and facet arthropathy?

What is neural forminal hypertrophic vhanges of the ligamentum flavum bilataterally bulging of intervertebral disc and facet arthropathy?

Anatomy: Not enough space here to write. If you google these things, you will find nice pictures to explain it all. Foramen is the "hole" in the bone where your nerve roots exit. Facets are the joints that hold vertebrae together. Ligamentum flavum is a ligament within the bones that runs down the spinal canal. All of these problems you mention can lead to back pain and nerve related pain. ...Read more

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In laymen term what is "there is left t-2-t3 and t3-t-4 facet disease and ligamentum flavum prominence that affects the postlateral margin of calsac?

In laymen term what is "there is left t-2-t3 and t3-t-4 facet disease and ligamentum flavum prominence that affects the postlateral margin of calsac?

Facet changes: The facet joints are positioned in the spine like wheels of a tricycle. The front wheel is the disc, the facets the two smaller wheels in back. In the center, seat area, is the spinal cord. Arthritic changes cause the facet joints to narrow or spur, and the sheet of ligament near them to thicken. In a single word, this indicates "arthritis.". ...Read more

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What does bilateral ligamentum flavum infolding mean?

What does bilateral ligamentum flavum infolding mean?

Pressure source: This would be a pressure source on the nerves and tissue around the infolding possibly causing pain or numbness. ...Read more

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My MRI showed ligamentum flavum redundancy. What is this in lay terms?

My MRI showed ligamentum flavum redundancy. What is this in lay terms?

Support: the ligametum flavin are thick "yellow" ligaments that add support for the spine. They may thicken as we age or streets them. If you are not having symptoms then most leave them. But with pain and symptoms they can cause a narrowing of the spinal canal ...Read more

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What is diffuse disc bulge, central protrusion with annular fissure, ligamentum flavum thickening?

What is diffuse disc bulge, central protrusion with annular fissure, ligamentum flavum thickening?

Aging changes: MRI results of the spine often sound terrible, when in fact they represent what we already know....that you are over 45 and your back hurts. What you really want to know from MRI results is if there are any abnormalities which correspond to your specific location and type of pain, which are likely to benefit from having surgery. Speak to your surgeon about his or her interpretation of the films ...Read more

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What is diffuse disc bulge, central and right foraminal/extraforaminal protrusions, ligamentum flavum thickening?

What is diffuse disc bulge, central and right foraminal/extraforaminal protrusions, ligamentum flavum thickening?

Changes in the spine: As gravity wields its unwavering downward and compressive force against the soft tissue components of our spine many of us begin to experience the MRI findings you cited.These include bulging of the cushions or discs, protrusion of disc material into the center of the spine and sides and thickening of some of the compressed ligaments. Thus extension based exercise & core strengthening are advised. ...Read more

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