I reviewed your new MRI and it demonstrates the same findings as the December one. This does not compel me to think this is causing your current symptoms.
I think you need to find a surgeon who will decompress this area to reduce the anxiety you feel about this ligament disruption. Maybe surgery will help you. I certainly hope so!
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.