After several years of back pain and countless chiropractors and physical therpists i finally got around to getting an MRI. What it says is that i have bone spurs on the anterior side of my spine, i think where the lower vertebrae join. Part of the diagnosis reads:
“Mild facet joint arthropathic changes are evident at all lumbar levels bilaterally.”
The doc said the bone spurs are at these facet joint and surgery is not an option. Apparently what the bone spurs do is irritate the surrounding muscle, hence my back pain. No wonder stretching and all the other chripractic stuff did not work.
The doc said the only real two solutions are physical therapy and a muscle relaxer. I asked him what the PT would involve since i had been to see alot of chiro’s already. He said they would basically work to strengthen the surrounding muscles, like the abs and lower back. Even though i can do this myself i may check the therapy out. Can’t hurt, and my insurance covers most of it.
Anyone else have an experience with something similar? While i am glad its not serious i am dissapointed its not something fixable. This back pain has been, well, a pain. Its sore getting up in the morning, makes practicing Brazillian juijitsu hard at times, and chronically hurts most of the time, except when i am laying down.