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MRI shows disc dehydration, disc bulge causing thecal indentation. Can I play badminton?

Hi, i wana know the report analysis of MRI Lumbar spine with screening of whole spine findings are here Disc dehydration is seen at D10-D11. there is mild disc bulge causing slight thecal indentation. there is ligamentum flavum hypertrophy seen at this level causing mild posterior thecal compression. and also loss of lumber lordosis is seen . Dsic dehydration with preserved disc heights is seen at L2-L3, L3-L4, and L4-L5 levels. at the L4-L5 there is a diffuse disc bulge causing thecal indentation with foraminal narrowing on either side Mild disc bulge seen at L3-L4 causing slight thecal indentation with encroachment of the neural foramen bilaterally. Can I play Badminton with this problem. and suggest me any excersie. thanks
Fri, 6 Sep 2013
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Hi
Thank you for your question.

First, MRI findings provide guidelines for treatment but the treatment decision is primarily based on your symptoms. Disc dehydration is a natural phenomenon that occurs with age. Disc bulges are commonly seen on MRIs of middle aged individuals even in healthy population. If you had only the lumbar findings playing badminton is absolutely fine. The finding that is of concern is at D10-11 and extent of compression needs to be evaluated before further decision is made. Again, as I said the treatment is guided more by symptoms than MRI.

Please let me know if I can be of further help.
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MRI shows disc dehydration, disc bulge causing thecal indentation. Can I play badminton?

Hi Thank you for your question. First, MRI findings provide guidelines for treatment but the treatment decision is primarily based on your symptoms. Disc dehydration is a natural phenomenon that occurs with age. Disc bulges are commonly seen on MRIs of middle aged individuals even in healthy population. If you had only the lumbar findings playing badminton is absolutely fine. The finding that is of concern is at D10-11 and extent of compression needs to be evaluated before further decision is made. Again, as I said the treatment is guided more by symptoms than MRI. Please let me know if I can be of further help.