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What does disc height loss in L4-L5 thru L5-S1 and osteophytes in L4-L5 mean?

What does disc height loss in L4-L5 thru L5-S1 and osteophytes in L4-L5 mean?

Entrap roots : Possibly roots can be trapped or spinal space can be stenosed ...Read more

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Narrowing of the disk space at the L4 5 and L5 s1, loss of disc height, how can we make it fixed?

Disc narrowing: Disc narrowing is a natural aging process. It is just like wrinkles and gray hair. If you live long enough, it will happen to 100% of people. It is not arthritis which is a disease. It is also called degenerative disc disease or loss of height of disc space. ...Read more

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There's grade 2 anterolisthesis of L5 on s1 with severe loss of disk height. Moderate loss of disk height at l3-4 and l4-5. Pars defects l5. Needsurg?

Not necessarily: Those findings are relatively common, especially in persons who have practiced sports in their younger age. Surgery is only recommended on the basis of disabling symptoms, and after conservative treatment and alternative measures such as epidural injections have failed. ...Read more

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X-ray says: grade 1 anterolisthesis of L4 on L5 (6mm) mild disc height loss @ l3-4, l4-5, l5-s1. Feel asymmetric pain: upper r calf/l sole. Related?

X-ray says: grade 1 anterolisthesis of L4 on L5 (6mm) mild disc height loss @ l3-4, l4-5, l5-s1. Feel asymmetric pain: upper r calf/l sole. Related?

Yes: This is also called degenerative spondylo and is dueit to degenaration of the facet joints.It also produces some degree of spinal stenosisand some impigment of the nerve roots and hence some radiculopathy that can give you the symptoms you are expiriencing now. ...Read more

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Grade 2 anterolisthesis L5 on s1 with severe loss of disk height. Moderate loss of disk height at l3-4 and l4-5. Pars defect at l5. Right leg goes numb after standing still for 5 min or more. Surgery?

Spinal pain: It certainly time to consider advanced treatments, diagnosis, and possibly surgery. You have a bad spine with multiple pathologies. It's important to figure out if you have active ongoing nerve damage. An EMG will give you the information that you need. If you don't have active nerve damage try everything else (injections, decompression, chiro, pt) before surgery as many can avoid surgery. ...Read more

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Had lumbar MRI for acute butt pain. Says " loss of disc height seen at the l4/5 and l5/s1 levels. Degenerative changes of the sacroiliac joints.

Had lumbar MRI for acute butt pain. Says " loss of disc height seen at the l4/5 and l5/s1 levels.  Degenerative changes of the sacroiliac joints.

Coccydinia: Degenerating discs in the lumbar spine lose elasticity and cushioning which can lead to tail bone pain. Cortisone injections (caudal block) along with physical therapy and bracing can help reduce the pain. See a neurosurgeon to identify the source of the pain. ...Read more

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Pain! how to treat, chiro? X-ray shows spina bifida occulta@l5, grade1 anterolisthesis of L5 w/spondylosis, mild disc space height loss@l4-5&l5-s1

Too little info: As dr. Hines says, a neurosurgeon can help differentiate all of the above and provide you with the best treatment options for your condtion. There are many factors to consider- your age, how much spondylosis, pain location, duration, relief, exacerbation, general health, etc. See a neurosurgeon for some good answers. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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Lumbar lordotic curvature is reduced. Loss of T2WI hyperintensity is seen at L4-5 & L5-S1 disc levels suggestive of desiccative disc change. ?

Lumbar lordotic curvature is reduced. Loss of T2WI hyperintensity is seen at L4-5 & L5-S1 disc levels suggestive of desiccative disc change. ?

Degenerative disc: As we age we do develop gradual degenerative disc disease, a "wear and tear", and not unique to see desiccation or drying out of disc structure, which can shrink. This is NOT an indication for either surgery or injections, and best handled by good nutrition, sleep, and exercise. If you have low back pain, a physical therapy program can benefit. ...Read more

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I have l4, L5 and s1 herniated disc. Would this cause loss off bladder control?

rarely: Loss of bladder control in the setting of herniated lumbar discs is a medical emergency. Please seek immediate medical help. ...Read more