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If someone that has experience with SLR findings could interpret this for me would be great and save a lot of digging and extrapolating:
Exam: SLR - + on L at 75 degrees; + contralateral at 75 degrees with pain to 1 leg.
LE DTR's - 2+ throughout
LE Motor: 4.5 5 1 Plantar Flex: otherwise 5/5 throughtout
LE Sens. - sl. decreased PP L lateral foot and left post. leg
babinski - down going toes bilat.
No ankle clonus
Toe Walk Mild weakness on L
Heel walk - nl
1. Alignment abnormalities, this degeneration and facet hypertrophy result in varying degrees of neural foraminal stenosis, as above. Disc material in the L5-S1 subarticular zone contacts the descending S1 Nerve Root and displaces it posteriorly towards the left facet.
2. Mild ventral deformity of the L1 ventral body with asscoiated kyphosis.
3. Mild focal levocurvature centered at the L4-L5. Minimal retrolisthesis of L4 on L5
4. diffusely hypointense marrow signal pattern most likely due to systemic stress.
lateral neural, flexion, and extension views of the lumbosacral spine are provided. Mild degenerative disease at multiple levels. there is stable grade 1 retrolisthesis at l3 on L4, and L4 on L5. this does not change on extension and there is approx. 1mm of correction on flexion views. at both levels. There is stable minimal antero-wedging on L1 with associated hyphosis. Smaill Osteophytes are again noted. No acute fracture.
Impression Grade 1 retrolesthesis at L3/L4 and L4/L5, does not change on extension, with approx. 1 mm correction on flexion views.
It has a bunch more history but this is the crux. Bilateral thigh numbness whic hot one has been able to isolate the orgin, but we are talking numb, not hurt, so I just roll with that, whatever the orgin.
They noted my options from meds to pt to epidural injections to surgery.
Any deciphering would be appreciated. I have some med. knowledge but this is pretty inside baseball for me.Edited by cannoncocker (see edit history)
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