For a bit of background, a spinal disc herniation is a condition in which the vertebrae/discs bulge or distend beyond its usual anatomical position. Many people refer to a spinal herniation as a "slipped disc", while in fact this is not true. A spinal disc cannot simply 'slip' out of position unless very severe trauma is involved.
The term 'posterior' is a medical term meaning 'backwards'. In this context, it means the spinal disc has slipped backwards from the normal location.
A spinal disc herniation can be caused by many different reasons including:
- Trauma (car crash, blunt force)
- Physical strain (from lifting weights, excessive weight-lifting)
- Spontaneously (no known medical cause)
It is also possible for a tumour to force a disc out of position.
Signs and symptoms of a posterior disc herniation include:
- Pain, especially when moving in the opposite direction of the slip (i.e. leaning forward).
- Neck and low Back pain (may be mild or severe, depending on the cause and nature of the injury).
- Pain in "random" locations (thigh, leg, arm etc) caused by the spinal disc pressing on nerves that are connected to a particular area of the body.
- Pain in the buttocks may be common as the sciatic nerve is often affected by the disc affecting nearby nerves.
NB: To differentiate between other conditions, a spinal disc herniation often causes pain that is aggravated by movement and is usually continuous. Pulsating pain or on-and-off pain is most likely caused by a muscular condition as opposed to a disc herniation.
Any changes in your health, including pain should be reported to your medical doctor or healthcare practitioner. If you experience the worse pain in your life, or if the pain was caused by trauma, avoid any movement and call for an emergency ambulance. The risk of spinal injury needs to be evaluated in this case.
Posterior left paracentral disc herniation at L5-s1 superimposed on concentric disc bulging. That's what I have
Mild disc desiccation and minimal diffuse disc bulge is a minimal herniation of a disc in the back. These bulges mostly occur in the cervical and lumbar spine.
Posterior means "rear" - Anterior means "front. What the report is saying is that the L5/S1 disk is herniated at the back of the disk (posterior) and is impinging on the front of the spinal cord as a result. This is very common for that particular disk, as well as the L4/5 disk.
What is a L5-S1 , right paramedian protusion
It means you have a slight herniation/slight bulging of the disc at the L5-S1 level of your spine.
broadbased narrowing at the l5/s1
A posterior annular tear is a tear in the ligament fibers that cover the inner core of a disc. The discs separate each vertebra in your spine. A posterior annular tear in the L5-S1 discs indicates the location in which these tears occur. L5 is the fifth and lowest of the lumbar vertebra and the S1 is the first and highest sacral vertebra.
It means that the disc between L5-S1 has protruded out to one side (not centrally), and is affecting (most likely compressing) the S1 nerve root which is below the level of the herniation (the L5 nerve root has already exited the IVF). From this report I am assuming you are having some sensory or motor problems in your lower limbs?!
can your L5 disc slip foward by a fall on your back
it basically means that there is a small herniation (or bulging out) of one of the disks in your spine. L4-L5 is the position of the disk in your spine, and refers to Lumbar spine disk 4 and 5, aka it is to do with your lower spine. it can cause pain, or numbness and tingling in you lower legs in SOME cases..
Essentially, that means that you have a bulging disc (the paracentral disc herniation) at the level between vertebrae Sacral 1 and Lumbar 5. This bulge is putting pressure on the root nerve on the right side. The root nerve is what comes out from the spinal cord to the area of the body that the nerve goes to.