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MRI says degenerative changes seen. Is any treatment required?

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Published At July 12, 2018
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My father whose age is 48 years, got a back pain a month ago. So, we consulted a local doctor. He suggested an magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test. We did that and his report says 'degenerative changes affecting lumbar spine with left para-central disc bulges with posterior annual tear at L4-L5 and L5-S1 levels producing mild compromise of left lateral recesses with mild extradural compression over thecal sac'. I want to ask you if he will be alright in a few days after treatment or anything new he will have to do.

Answered by Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com. Regarding your concern, I would explain that these magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings are indicative of chronic degeneration of the vertebral column. There is no need for surgery. Nothing serious is going on. I would just recommend taking painkillers, avoiding prolonged sitting or standing up position, and weightlifting. A lumbar brace can help too, coupled with physiotherapy.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka
Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Neurology

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