Q. Please explain my MRI report taken for first lumbar and thoracic pain.

Answered by
Dr. Atul Prakash
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 21, 2020

Hi doctor,

Can you review my MRI findings?



Welcome to

I have seen the MRI (attachment removed to protect patient identity), but have no clinical information to go by and why this MRI was needed.

Grossly, I can say there is good alignment of the spine, discs are not showing signs of bulging or prolapse. The canal diameter is adequate though it appears to be narrowed in the transverse axis at certain levels but certainly no evidence of stenosis or ligament flavum thickening. The exiting nerves are free and foramina are clear.

Thank you doctor,

I have been having lumbar thoracic pain which is somewhat relieved by muscle relaxers, hot showers, and stretching. Nevertheless, it has gotten so bad that I had trigger point injections and a Medrol pack which helped to a greater or lesser degree for a few weeks. Some days I cannot sit for more than 20 minutes at a time without discomfort and I am worried that I cannot tolerate a long transatlantic flight. I get burning sensations near the spine after a long day at the lumbar thoracic junction. Would you recommend soft tissue massage and mild chiropractic adjustment? I will be seeing my spine specialist this week. It seems like nothing is necessitating surgery as of yet.



Welcome back to

To answer your queries, I do not think that there is any need for surgery as you do not have any leg symptoms. Pain and burning sensations are confined to the back only.

Yes, manual therapy and chiropractic treatment will be of use and will help in relieving trigger spot pain and the burning sensations can be helped by Pregabalin and Duloxetine.

I hope this helps.

Was this answer helpful?


Same symptoms doesn’t mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Related Questions:
Can burning sensation of throat occur from acid reflux?

For the last 10 days or so, I am feeling a scratch or burning like sensation behind the uvula ... I am quite worried, especially on the burning ...   Read full

What is the difference between thoracic and lumbar fusion?

.. 12 thoracic vertebrae and five lumbar vertebrae. The fusion of the body of the vertebrae between the thoracic spine is called a thoracic fusion. A fusion at the junction of the thoracic and lumbar spine is called a thoracolumbar fusion. And that b...   Read full

How does my recent MRI report vary from the one taken eight years ago?

In addition to either of the above two options, it is important to undertake physiotherapy ...   Read full


Also Read Answers From:

ideaComprehensive Medical Second Opinion.Submit your Case

Also Read

Listeriosis - Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
Listeriosis is a bacterial infection, that can result in severe complications like meningitis, sepsis, and even death. R...  Read more»
Myositis - Types, Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, and Prognosis
The term "myositis" refers to a set of uncommon diseases. To know more about myositis, read the full article below.  Read more»
Osteoporosis: an Important Public Health Problem
Osteoporosis is a problem that is largely preventable. This article focuses on the causes of osteoporosis and the availa...  Read more»

Ask your health query to a doctor online?

Ask a Spine Health Specialist Now

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.

Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website. Read our Editorial Process to know how we create content for health articles and queries.