Rated 5.0/5 based on 14 votes

Top
10
Doctor insights on: Lumbar Spine X Ray Interpretation

Share
1

1
Lumbar spine X-ray show only some disc space narrowing at L3 - L5 , what does it mean ?

Lumbar spine X-ray show only some disc space narrowing at L3 - L5  ,  what does it mean ?

Wear and tear: Generally, as we age, the size of the disks between our vertebrae gets smaller with the effects of gravity and use. On the x-ray it looks like the distance between the bones is closer than at other levels. Generally you can't really attribute any symptoms to this finding, although if the doctor was suspicious of a ruptured fisk, this would bolster the case for an mri. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Warren Strudwick
Board Certified
277K people helped
Get help from a real doctor now
Continue
Dr. Gerald Mandell
1 doctor shared a insight

Lumbar (Definition)

The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more


Dr. Warren Strudwick
Board Certified
277K people helped
Get help from a real doctor now
Continue
3

3
X-ray of lumbar spine shows atherosclerotic plaque in aorta.Lipids, LFT'S, A1C OK w/meds - trigs slightly up.Does this plaque guarantee future problem

X-ray of lumbar spine shows atherosclerotic plaque in aorta.Lipids, LFT'S, A1C OK w/meds - trigs slightly up.Does this plaque guarantee future problem

Atherosclerosis: Just about everyone your age would have atheromatous plaques in their aortas..these plaques become dangerous when they get eroded, blood clots form at the eroded surface and parts of them break off and travel to distant sites (emboli) or the wall of the aorta becomes very weak and baggy (aneurysm). These are the complications that raise doctor's alarm ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
4

4
What is spinal stenosis and what causes it? I have it in my cervical and lumbar spine. My 15 yr old just had X-ray show it around l5s1. Causes?

What is spinal stenosis and what causes it? I have it in my cervical and lumbar spine. My 15 yr old just had  X-ray show it around l5s1. Causes?

Cervical stenosis: Causes: -narrowing of cervical spinal canal -associated other predisposing factors -congenital cervical fusions -ligamentous instability -intervertebral disc disease. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
5

5
Hi, I have had left hip and back pain for 8 years this time X-ray showed micro fractures in the lumbar spine but the MRI nothing except for gallstones?

Hi, I have had left hip and back pain for 8 years this time X-ray showed micro fractures in the lumbar spine but the MRI nothing except for gallstones?

Fractures : Fractures will cause pain and any nerves that pass that level can have pain. Best thing is rest and back strengthening exercises such as yoga. Remember the body tells us to stop with pain, we must listen to our body. Strengthening the muscles will help the bones from further injury. Proper diet is important as well. Hope this helps. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
6

6
Calf muscle and knee pain from4 mnths did doppler, X-ray for lumbar spine and blood test for vit B12 and D3 but evrything is normal also they r weak?

Calf muscle and knee pain from4  mnths did doppler, X-ray for lumbar spine and blood test for vit B12 and D3 but evrything is normal also they r weak?

May need more tests.: X-rays of the spine are useless unless there is a history of trauma. Vitamin tests do no tell you about your pains. Need more info. Did this occur after an injury, or change in activity? Are there bruises? Do you have corresponding tingling and numbness? It may be from your back, or it may be the knee, or it can be an auto immune thing like rheumatoid disease. Get evaluated. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Warren Strudwick
Board Certified
277K people helped
Get help from a specialist now
Continue
8

8
Recent bone scintigrapy showed no hot spots other than my lumbar spine. Does this mean all my other joints are ok? X-rays have shown OA in many joints

Recent bone scintigrapy showed no hot spots other than my lumbar spine. Does this mean all my other joints are ok? X-rays have shown OA in many joints

Inflammation: Scintigraphy lights up to ID blood or fluid movements, infection, inflammation, and cancer and has many uses to identify structures and functional processes in different organ systems ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
9

9
What does minimal spondylitic changes at l3-4 on lumbar spine xray mean?

Very little- : Spondylitic changes are simply a way of describing normal degenerative changes or arthritis. While most people think of older people with this it is actually a normal finding that occurs to varying degrees between people. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
10

10
Unsure of lumbar spine xray report meaning? Five lumbar-like segments are seen with preservation of the outlines of the pedicles. Mild narrowing of the disc spaces is seen from L1 through L4 with minimal endplate irregularity. Greater unevenness is seen a

Of : Of course i don't know what prompted you to get the xray. The report sounds like you have some degenerative disease (spine arthritis, effects of aging) . The loss of height is most likely due to what is called compression fracture. This is when the vetebral body collapses somewhat usually due to trauma or osteoporosis. It can also happen in people who have cancer with metastatic changes to the bones. If your doctor feels that your pain (if you have it) is due to the compression fractures, this condition can often be treated by interventional radiologists with a procedure called vertebroplasty. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›

Get more personalized answers directly from real doctors!

Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Warren Strudwick
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
277K people helped
Continue
68,000 doctors available
Find us on Facebook