• Published
    08-04-2024
  • Issue
    Vol: 28 Issue: 01, 2024
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MRI EVALUATION OF THE LUMBAR SPINE IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN

  • Dr. Tamanna Gupta, Dr Rajesh Kumar Rathore, Dr. Sonesh Jain

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ABSTRACT:-
Aim: We evaluated the prevalence of MR imaging characteristics associated with lumbar spine degeneration in patients with low back pain. Evaluating the patients based on the degree of disc bulge correlating findings on MRI aimed in establishing the role of MRI in prompt diagnosis to determine the degree of disc herniation. Materials and Methods: Patients were examined individually for the following outcomes: ● degree of disc bulge ● disc degeneration ● disc extrusion ● disc protrusion ● annular fissures ● modic changes ● central canal stenosis ● spondylolisthesis, and ● spondylolysis. Results : Low back pain was reported by 65 patients . 52 of them (80%) met the inclusion criteria; 13 patients had a normal MRI, disc bulging (50%), spondylolysis (20%), disc extrusion (5%), MODIC 1 changes (10%), disc protrusion (5%), and disc degeneration (10%). The degree of disc bulge in the upper lumbar levels showed considerable radicular complaints in symptomatic low back pain patients linked with degenerative changes, which were more prevalent in the elderly population with a higher pain scale. Conclusion: When used to diagnose the underlying cause of chronic low back pain, MRI is a good technique for assessing the degree of disc bulge along with associated symptoms in symptomatic individuals, as well as examining degenerative diseases of the spine.