What does my lower back MRI indicate?

Q. What does my lower back MRI indicate?

Answered by
Dr. Sumit Chawla
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 01, 2018 and last reviewed on: Aug 08, 2023

Hello doctor,

I have had a lower back pain for the last couple of years. It all started after I lifted a stone at a cricket ground. A little amount of physiotherapy helped after the doctor's advice. I have consulted three doctors in two years and a doctor advised MRI this week. My doctor is out until next week and I am very anxious to understand the MRI report. Kindly help me understand the report.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through the attachments (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is showing herniation of an intervertebral disc that is displaced from its position and impinging in the nerve. However, this is only an MRI impression. MRI is a sensitive investigation that picks up clinically insignificant findings so it is important to get clinically examined and see if these findings reported by MRI are actually the reason for pain or not. Secondly, whether the condition requires surgical management or will it be treated by conservative treatment alone.

I hope this helps.

Thank you.

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