L5/S1 disc bulge and facet joint hypertrophy
I've had sciatica for 3 weeks now and for further investigation I had an MRI scan.
The report was as follows:
Nearly complete S1/2 disc, with a dehydrated L5/S1 disc with a posterior disc bulge. At L5/S1 there is a mild, broad based annular disc bulge. On the right side, there is small focal protrusion of disc material into the right lateral recess which must be compromising the transiting right L5 nerve root. Moderate facet joint hypertrophy causes mild narrowing of the central canal. Elsewhere there is mild facet joint hypertrophy but no significant disc, cord or nerve root compression.
I'm worried that irreversible damage has been done to my back. I was hoping you could give me some advice.