About Me: Male, 68, Plymouth, United Kingdom, member since Mar 2009
I’m a 56 year old, 5’ 7” and just under 13 stone male who has suffered from LBP for a number of years. In all other respects I am healthy and fairly fit individual but about 4 years ago I visited one of my local chiropractors and was treated for a stiff joint at the L4/
[More]5 L5/S1 level. The chiropractor placed me on my left side whilst pushing down my right leg and pushing my right shoulder in the opposite direction. After this procedure I was in so much pain that I had to have 4 months off work to recover. During this time I regularly visited an osteopath. However 8 weeks ago I was in so much LBP I had no option but to return and had a MRI scan. The results are below. My questions are these 1. As an avid golfer who plays at least twice a week are my playing days over? 2. What treatment plan should I peruse? 3. What exercises should I do?
MRI Scan 6th September 2008
Disc degeneration is evident at L3/4, L4/5, and to a lesser extent, L2/3
L2/3: No disc protrusion or root compression
L3/4: Small posterior annular tear, but no evidence of disc protrusion or root compression.
L4/5: Posterior annular tear with an associated broad based disc protrusion, tending to the left of the middle. No evidence of root compression. Mild facet joint degeneration
L5/S1: bilateral facet joint degeneration (right greater than left). No evidence of disc protrusion or root compression.
No Evidence of canal stenosis
Normal conus and cauda equine
No focal marrow abnormalities
Disc degeneration at L2/3, L3/4, L4/5
Annular tears at L3/4 and L4/5 but no evidence of significant disc protrusion
Facet joint degeneration at L5/S1 and to a lesser extent at L4/5
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. MedHelp is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.