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LUMBOSACRAL SPINE SERIES FINDINGS, anatomic alignment, height of lumbar vertebrae, narrowing of L5/S1 disc space, narrowing of intervertebral disc space at L5/S1. Does this mean DDD? Herniated Disk? Slipped disk? What do these findings mean?

LUMBOSACRAL SPINE SERIES ** HISTORY **: Muscles. Trauma. ** FINDINGS **: There is anatomic alignment and height of the lumbar vertebrae . There is narrowing of the L5/S1 disc space. ** IMPRESSION **: Narrowing of the intervertebral disc space at L5/S1. Does this mean DDD? Herniated Disk? Slipped disk? What do these findings mean?
Asked On : Fri, 8 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for posting your query.
You seem to have a prolapsed inter vertebral disc, rightly at L5S1 region as you suggested . This disc may be compressing upon a nerve root that either exits or traverses through that level. Having known this basic anatomy, you must avoid any activity that aggravates the condition, like bending forward and lifting heavy objects, sitting long hours on computer, inappropriate sitting posture, etc.

The medications will relieve pain and help muscles to relax. Physiotherapy shall also help a lot, especially exercises that strengthen your back. Kindly note that exercises should only be done when it doesn't hurt. Adequate rest and proper nutrition is equally important. Drink lots of fluids since dehydration affects the disc.

I hope this information has been both informative and helpful
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Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Answered: Fri, 8 Mar 2013
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