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Im trying to understand my mri it said bilateral facet

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Hello Mark im trying to understand my mri it said bilateral facet hypertrophy, bone marrow singal is heterogeneous, disc bulge with small central protrusion ,and anterolisthesis the one dr that I spoke too told me that I just need to exerice, I need to know where I should go next
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.

Hi Kelli

Bilateral facet hypertrophy is a kind of arthritis of the vertebrae

The disk protrusion is a herniation of the disk but since it's small it isn't pressing on a nerve root or on the spinal cord.

Anterolisthesis is one vertebra moving forward on another.

None of this is a surgical matter but I wouldn't just suggest exercise unless you see a physical therapist first.

And actually I would refer you to a physiatrist--a physical medicine and rehabilitation MD specialist--for a treatment program that would help with any back pain you may be having

Please let me know if you need any more information