The radiologist's interpretation is that your spine is showing some minimal initial signs of an osteoarthritic process.
Nothing to worry about because actually, disc bulges can be found in up to 40% of MRI's of spines for which NO COMPLAINTS at all are present.
I'm assuming you got this scan because you have some back pain
. Disc bulges can possibly contribute to pain symptoms but it depends on what those symptoms are and what the neurological exam shows.
DESSICATION simply refers to a "drying out effect" which will happen as you get into your 30's, 40's and beyond.
So again, normal process of aging on the spinal column and its components.
Facet arthrosis is another way of saying that you have a little "wear and tear" on the connections between the vertebral
bodies of L4, L5, and S1.
Again, mildly arthritic types of changes. This MRI does not demonstrate anything to worry about.
With this type of picture I would likely recommend back exercises to strengthen muscle columns, encourage stretching movements (yoga
, ROMWOD's, static stretching
), and I wouldn't take anything more than an OCCASIONAL Tylenol
for pain after a workout or other physical labor if the back is hurting.
Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Dr Dariush Saghafi, Neurologist