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A 62-year-old female asked:

After lower back surgery in 04-20-i5 was left with foot drop. only stand -walk w walker. if l4 or l5 nerves damaged will it show on mri. can it b fixe?

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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Not best test: Emg confirms nerve damage and dysfunction Mri searches for correctable causes of new post op neurologic deficits after surgery post op L5 injuries and foot drops have a poor recovery rate in general a AFO brace can make a big difference in return to function , i favored the ottobach afo for my foot drop recovery is generally prolonged and incomplete but not unheard of good luck recover or adapt

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