Dr. Corenman, I have the following issues with my low back. I’ve been in the military for 24 years and will retire this year. Can you please let me know your interpretation of the MRI report below and if you agree my assessment? Also, do you recommend a nerve test and does this cause symptoms of sciatica?
My interpretation of the MRI report: Mild-Moderate bilateral Lumbar (L4-L5; L5-S1) nerve root canal narrowing; Mild Lumbar degenerative osteoarthritis. Diagnosed with Lumbar Stenosis; Lumbar Spondylosis.
The MRI report: L4-5 Circumferential disk bulge with facet arthropathy results in mild bilateral neuroforaminal narrowing.
Also, L5-S1 Circumferential disk bulge with facet hypertrophic changes results in mild right and moderate left neuroforaminal narrowing. Mild two-level Lumbar spondylosis.
Imaging only tells a part of the story. The symptoms you suffer from and your physical examination tell the other part. Look at the section “How to describe symptoms” to explain what your symptoms are.