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What does my MRI scan report indicate?

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Posted on Thu, 10 Dec 2015
Question: Canyou please explain to me in plain language what the tests said. Thank you!
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (16 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Mild spondylottic changes in spine.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
I have seen both the reports attached. The X-ray of pelvis and hip shows no abnormality.
The MRI scan of the spine shows mild spondylottic and degenerative disc changes at T11-T12. It occurs due to repetitive overload or stress to the disc & it increases the risk of disc herniation & spinal canal stenosis.
For this condition you have to do stretching & strengthening exercises in which you have to stretch tight muscle & strengthen weakened ones which will alleviate stress on facet joint and disc.
- Maintain optimum body weight,if you are obese
- Avoid lifting heavy weights as it imparts more strain on your back
- Change your daily activities so that you avoid movements that can cause further pain, especially bending forward and lifting as it will worsen the disc protrusion. if you want to bend forwards, do it with your hips and knees flexed.
- Use a thoracolumbar back support to stabilize your spinal muscles
- Intermittent traction might be helpful to cause a regression of the protruded disc
- After the initial pain has subsided, remedial exercises to strengthen the spine are very important to restore normal spinal movements and muscle strength. The main aim of exercise is to encourage mobility, reduce muscle spasm, prevent further deterioration in the muscles and speed recovery.
- Use analgesics like advil or aleve and muscle relaxants to relieve pain and muscle spasm, as needed. Vitamin B12 supplements & Pregabalin may be helpful in controlling the neuropathic pain.

I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Wishing you good health.
Regards.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Praveen Tayal (9 hours later)
Can this be because i broke my ankle in January? My back pain started after i start to walk again. And also im maillcarrier who walks 5-6 hours a day. Would i be able to continue my job or look for something else?
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (47 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
These are age related changes.

Detailed Answer:
Hello.
Thanks for writing again.
This is not related to broken ankle or walking long distances. These are age related degenerative changes. You can continue with your job after proper treatment.
Hope my answer is helpful.
Do accept my answer in case there are no further queries.
Regards.

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What does my MRI scan report indicate?

Brief Answer: Mild spondylottic changes in spine. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting your query. I have seen both the reports attached. The X-ray of pelvis and hip shows no abnormality. The MRI scan of the spine shows mild spondylottic and degenerative disc changes at T11-T12. It occurs due to repetitive overload or stress to the disc & it increases the risk of disc herniation & spinal canal stenosis. For this condition you have to do stretching & strengthening exercises in which you have to stretch tight muscle & strengthen weakened ones which will alleviate stress on facet joint and disc. - Maintain optimum body weight,if you are obese - Avoid lifting heavy weights as it imparts more strain on your back - Change your daily activities so that you avoid movements that can cause further pain, especially bending forward and lifting as it will worsen the disc protrusion. if you want to bend forwards, do it with your hips and knees flexed. - Use a thoracolumbar back support to stabilize your spinal muscles - Intermittent traction might be helpful to cause a regression of the protruded disc - After the initial pain has subsided, remedial exercises to strengthen the spine are very important to restore normal spinal movements and muscle strength. The main aim of exercise is to encourage mobility, reduce muscle spasm, prevent further deterioration in the muscles and speed recovery. - Use analgesics like advil or aleve and muscle relaxants to relieve pain and muscle spasm, as needed. Vitamin B12 supplements & Pregabalin may be helpful in controlling the neuropathic pain. I hope this answers your query. In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out. Wishing you good health. Regards. Dr. Praveen Tayal. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal