The back consists 24 bones called vertebrae separated by discs. Each disc is called a level. These levels are named C1 - C7, T1-T12, and L1-L5. At the bottom of the spine is a triangular bone called the sacrum.
At each level, the spine is supported by the disc and two joints called facet joints. These joints allow you to bend your spine in 2 dimensions.
Your MRI reports facet arthrosis or commonly known as facet syndrome. This is an osteo-arthritic condition of the spine -- spondylosis.
You are probably in pain -- find an interventional pain doctor who can offer nerve ablation treatment which should resolve much of the pain in your lower back.
thank you, but believe it or not, my back does not hurt - my right leg is really painful!
I believe you. Spine disease comes with all kinds of pain, and when it is left untreated, the pain can take on a life of its own.
The MRI mentions that there's both scar tissue and inflammation around the spinal root nerves, which can be causing your pain.
Physical therapy and NSAIDs may also help reduce this inflammation and hopefully, reduce your pain, and a good interventional pain doctor should help you feel more comfortable without surgery.