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What does it mean to have a disc protrusion at the L3-S4 and L5-S1 levels without spinal or neural foraminal stenosis?

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Dr. Robert Roschmann
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: Common finding

Disc bulging or protrusion of the disc does not correlate very well with the presence or absence of back symptoms (based upon MRI studies).
Since you do not have evidence of nerve root or spinal cord compression it would suggest that your pain might be arising from lumbar facet osteoarthritis and/or myofascial pain in the lumbar muscle groups. Has an experienced physical therapist evaluated you?

In brief: Common finding

Disc bulging or protrusion of the disc does not correlate very well with the presence or absence of back symptoms (based upon MRI studies).
Since you do not have evidence of nerve root or spinal cord compression it would suggest that your pain might be arising from lumbar facet osteoarthritis and/or myofascial pain in the lumbar muscle groups. Has an experienced physical therapist evaluated you?
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Large space

Disc protruding from its capsule BUT not pressing on nerve roots ( very painful) or on spinal cord ( potential pain.

In brief: Large space

Disc protruding from its capsule BUT not pressing on nerve roots ( very painful) or on spinal cord ( potential pain.
And paralysis or incontinence!)
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