Spinal MRI Findings--What Does It Mean?

FINDINGS: Imaging demonstrates leftward curvature consistent w/ scoliosis of a mild-moderate degree centered at the L4-L5

* There is rotary component of scoliosis

* Degenerative arthrosis of left sacroiliac
joint

* L2-L3 (subtle endplate spurring)

* L3-L4 (nominal bulge w/mild endplate
spurring)

* L4-L5 (minimal chondromalacia of facet
joints)(nonimal disc bulge present)

* L5-S1, mild disc desiccation. Posterior
central disc protrusion w/ an annular tear of
small size and w/out evidence for nerve root
impingement. Left-sided pars interarticularis
defect.

CONCLUSION:
1. Small posterior central disc protrusion at the L5-S1 level with an associated annular tear but without evidence for nerve root impingement.

Please tell me what this report says in English. I am very confused as to my treatment options. I was told about a chamber that would open my joints and allow fluid to enter the disc's again. And once the discs were full of fluid then they would no longer be a problem. I was told this would take about 20 sessions. Should I seek a second opinion? If so, who should I see?

Posted By Melissa on July 14, 2008 at 19:05:24:

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