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Tests show lumbar shaped vertebral bodies. Disc height loss. Interpretation?

Findings: Frontal, lateral, and oblique views of the lumbar spine demonstrate 5 lumbar shaped vertebral bodies. The sacroiliac joints are patent and symmetric. Vertebral body heights are normal. Intervertebral disc heights are normal with the exception of disc height loss at L5/S1, and L4/L5 with mild endplate osteophytes. Incidental note of cholecystectomy clips. Bilateral views are limited secondary to technique.
Asked On : Fri, 25 Jan 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.

Your Xray report suggests minimal age related changes in your low back. If you are not suffering from numbness or weakness in your lower limb(s) or able to sit for prolonged time then nothing to worry.

1. Sleep over hard surface without using mattress,
2. Avoid lifting weights by leaning forward or bending your back. Rather sit and lift the object,
3. Exercises for strengthening your back muscles like lifting legs straight, bending legs over chest, pelvic bridging exercises - twice a day will help you.
4. If the pain is acute, then a course of muscle relaxants and analgesics for a week will do. Please consult your doctor before following my advise.

Wishing you good health...
Regards.
Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Orthopaedic Surgeon.
Answered: Fri, 25 Jan 2013
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