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MRI findings suggest lumbarization, thecal sac indentation, disc herniation, hypertrophy. Treatment?

The MRI findings are suggestive of: 1. Transitional vertebra at L5-S1 level. Lumbarization of S1 vertebra. 2. Posterior disc herniation at L5-S1 level, causing bilateral neural foraminal narrowing, indentation of thecal sac and traversing nerve roots bilaterally. 3. Posterior disc herniation at L4-L5 level, causing indentation of thecal sac and traversing nerve roots bilaterally. 4. Focal ligamentum flavum hypertrophy at D11-D12 level, causng indentation of thecal sac from posteriorly. 5. Facetal and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy at the lumbar spine . 6. Posterior disc bulges at C3-C4 to C5-C6 levels, causing indentation of thecal sac.
Asked On : Sat, 22 Dec 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for writing to us.

You might be suffering from degenerative disc disease & 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.

I would suggest getting this evaluated by an orthopedician for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management.

Meanwhile for pain control take anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen under supervision of your doctor

Wishing you good health...
Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Answered: Wed, 2 Jan 2013
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