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MRI shows disc dessication, central disc bulge and facet hypertrophy. Meaning?

I got an MRI. The results say I have slight disc desiccation of L4-L5 and L5-S1. The L5-S1 shows a central protrusion with normal canal and thecal sac and L4-5 disc has normal height with slight disc desiccation and central disc bulge with normal canal and facet hypertrophy impinging the thecal sac. That does this mean ? Can I heal ? Will it get worse. I fell in a store and now have back problems
Asked On : Mon, 8 Apr 2013
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
hello and welcome to HCM,

The MRI report suggests a pathological process going on at the spinal level.

The vertebral column is made up of vertebrae separated by inter-vertebral discs.
The inter-vertebral discs are catilages which act as shock absorbers and allow friction-less movement.
The inter-vertebral discs between L4-L5 and L5-S1 vertebrae shows a protrusion and a bulge.
This process is called disc prolapse.
It is commonly seen after back injury.
Initially, it is managed conservatively by bed rest and pain killers.
Most of patients recover with bed rest only.

I hope my answer is of help to you.
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Thanks and take care.
Dr Shailja P Wahal
Answered: Mon, 8 Apr 2013
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