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I had a fall 9 weeks ago have C7 facet fractures with pars was fitted with a miami brace allowed home but I am still worried hope i'll be ok?

I had a fall 9 weeks ago have C7 facet fractures with pars was fitted with a miami brace allowed home but I am still worried hope i'll be ok?

As described, OK: The injuries you describe should heal ok with the collar--and should be nearly resolved after 9 weeks. You should have a follow up visit with orthopedist / "spine surgeon" for imaging and clearance as resolved. ...Read more

Dr. Harinder Gill
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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I have C7 facet fractures with pars after scan was fitted with miami brace that was 9 weeks ago will I be ok?

I have C7 facet fractures with pars after scan was fitted with miami brace that was 9 weeks ago will I be ok?

Probably: Nondisplaced facet/pars fractures usually can be successfully treated in a rigid brace like a miami j collar. Only someone who has examined you and looked at your imaging can definitively answer this. ...Read more

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C7 facet fractures& pars 4 months ago now healed was told take brace off but so frightened something might happen will it be ok fearful of everything?

C7 facet fractures& pars 4 months ago now healed was told take brace off but so frightened something might happen will it be ok fearful of everything?

Ok to be fearful: If you've been given the OK, just start slow with rehab and strengthening program. It will feel weak in the neck initially and even be sore, don't worry about that it is normal. Give it time and a few months from now you will be doing most everything you want to do. You can do it! ...Read more

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C7 facet fractured healed my left arm still not good was wondering will I get extension back in it cannot raise it that high?

C7 facet fractured healed my left arm still not good was wondering will I get extension back in it cannot raise it that high?

Injury after facet: When a facet fractures, bone/disc fragments may enter the nerve foramen (the tunnel between vertebrae where the nerve exits the spine). These fragments may cause pressure on the nerves and result in pain and/or weakness. Depending upon the fracture, this does not imply an unstable spine. If, however, instability is present then surgery is warranted. Otherwise, observation is fine if no worsening. ...Read more

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C7 facet fracture healed brace off 2 weeks getting pain is it normal expected stiffness so worried each pain thinking will it re-frature fear not good?

C7 facet fracture healed brace off 2 weeks getting pain is it normal expected stiffness so worried each pain thinking will it re-frature fear not good?

Likely: Stiffness and muscle weakness after the brace came off. Slowly return to activities and stretch progressively more and more each day. Fear is a normal reaction after something like this. If it hurts all the time and doesn't improve maybe meeting with a spine specialist that addresses chronic facet pain is in order. PRP and stem cell therapies can be helpful to help heal and remove pain. ...Read more

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Have C7 facet fracture with pars 10 weeks ago for over a week have had buzzing in my ears could it be connected to injury worried now is it serious?

Have C7 facet fracture with pars 10 weeks ago for over a week have had buzzing in my ears could it be connected to injury worried now is it serious?

Possibly?: You didn't say how you got your cervical fracture, but I am sure some trauma was involved. If you fell, even if you didn't hit your head, the jarring could be contributing to your buzzing. Maybe your injury is more severe then expected. Get it checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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My C7 facet fracture has healed but left arm not good will I get extension back plus have frozen shoulder which don't help?

My C7 facet fracture has healed but left arm not good will I get extension back plus have frozen shoulder which don't help?

Speak with doctor: The extension range may take time to get back if you are supposed to limit it while the fracture healed. Will take constant therapy for a few months at least. Frozen Shoulder also requires constant range of motion, therapy and maybe even a cortisone injection or manipulation under anesthesia to help with this. Speak to your doctor, he/she should be able to help you. ...Read more

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My C7 facet fracture has healed but still getting bit of pain in left elbow and muscle pain b near shoulder can u tell me what causing it when active?

My C7 facet fracture has healed but still getting bit of pain in left elbow and muscle pain b near shoulder can u tell me what causing it when active?

Referred somatic psi: Referred somatic pain fromi injured facet post trumatic degeneration or ligament injury consider fiagnostic facet injection followed by rf ablation if it really bothers you comfort with activities after injury is not always achievable look at the portland trailblazers last couple of seasons not everybody makes it off injured reserve the ones that do may just be suffering more. ...Read more

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Have C7 facet fratures with pars miami n brace 3 & months do u think it should have healed surgery scares me?

Facet fractures: Stable fractures of the cervical spine often heal in the first 3 months, and this is a reasonable time for immobilization. Once pain subsides, flexion/extension xrays will likely be taken to make sure no instability exists from ligament injury that would necessitate surgery despite bony healing. Posterior fusion surgery can be done safely/quickly in experienced hands with quick recovery. ...Read more

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Had injury 10 weeks ago have C7 facet fratures with pars is it likely that it can be displaced after this time have tricep pain last2 weeks?

Had injury 10 weeks ago have C7 facet fratures with pars is it likely that it can be displaced after this time have tricep pain last2 weeks?

C7 Facet Fracture: Most single side facet fractures are stable and heal in two to three months. If you are developing pain in the triceps and back of forearm after 8 weeks, this is indicative of irritation to the C7 nerve root. An injury to the ligaments and possible disk disruption need to be evaluated. Check in with your treating physician, especially if weakness to arm extension is identified. ...Read more

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33yr male w pars fractures on both sides of l5, pain from L5 root nerve, facet injections and epi did not help, how do I know if I need surgery? High pain

33yr male w pars fractures on both sides of l5, pain from L5 root nerve, facet injections and epi did not help, how do I know if I need surgery? High pain

See below: Failure of conservative treatment is an indication for surgery. If you cannot live with the pain or have weakness, surgical options would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Can you recommend anything other than surgery? I began having lower back pain 6 yrs ago, ended up having 3 injections for fractured facets, arthritic changes and 2 bulging discs. 2 years ago, I had another 3 injections for the same problem. The dr told me

Can you recommend anything other than surgery? I began having lower back pain 6 yrs ago, ended up having 3 injections for fractured facets, arthritic changes and 2 bulging discs. 2 years ago, I had another 3 injections for the same problem. The dr told me

I'm: I'm sorry you're having trouble getting relief of your pain. Based on your description, you have facet mediated pain most likely from facet arthropathy (arthritis). It sounds as though you have exhausted many of the non-operative options available for your problem. Some other options (you may or may not have tried already) include acupuncture, physical therapy, oral medications, and lumbar traction. None of these methods are a "cure-all" but they may give you enough relief to make the situation tolerable and avoid surgery.

If you fail all of these measures and continue to have pain that interferes with your quality of life you might consider surgery. There are some newer techniques that have not stood the test of time (facet joint replacement) but the gold standard is lumbar fusion. It is reliable surgery in the properly indicated patient. You would need to discuss the risks, benefits, and alternatives with your surgeon, but don't expect 100% relief of pain. If you can accept 75% improvement in your pain condition, that would be a reasonable expectation.

Good luck, hope you find relief. ...Read more

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Can a unilateral pars fracture and facet arthrosis w/hypertrophy cause spondylisthesis?

Can a unilateral pars fracture and facet arthrosis w/hypertrophy cause spondylisthesis?

Potentially: A spondylolisthesis refers to a condition in which one vertebrae shifts forward on another. There are multiple potential causes. One cause can be degenerative, as noted in the degenerative changes in your facet joint. Another type is called "isthmic" which requires a bilateral pars defect to occur. ...Read more

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Low back and extrem hip pain after laminectomy L4/5 two month ago Now Bilateral facet fractures found. Neurosurgeon want to fuse now. Is he correct?

Low back and extrem hip pain after laminectomy L4/5 two month ago Now Bilateral facet fractures found. Neurosurgeon want to fuse now. Is he correct?

I will: Defer on answering and hope a neurosurgeon comments on this. If you don't have any luck on HealthTap getting this answered, please seek another opinion by a new surgeon. This is acceptable and appropriate if you have any concerns. Best of luck to you! ...Read more

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What does this mean? I have a small subchondral fracture deformity of the lateral trochlear facet with prominent bone marrow edema throughout the regi

What does this mean? I have a small subchondral fracture deformity of the lateral trochlear facet with prominent bone marrow edema throughout the regi

Cartilage damage: Prominent marrow edema of the lateral trochlea means that the cartilage covering the bone in this area is injured or worn thin. This is a common place to develop arthritis which causes marrow edema when the cartilage gets too thin or is worn out and bare bone is exposed there. If you had a recent injury, it could be cartilage damage rather than arthritis. See your provider for recommendations. ...Read more

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Injured back 6 months ago. Ct scan says no pars fracture but mild right facet arthropapy. Hurts on both sides and feels best when waking up in morning?

Injured back 6 months ago. Ct scan says no pars fracture but mild right facet arthropapy. Hurts on both sides and feels best when waking up in morning?

CT mainly bone: Ct examination of spine mainly detects osseous abnormalities such as pars defects or facet arthropathy. Mr exam of spine more sensitive for nerve impingements and disc abnormalities. These soft tissue problems could explain opposite side symptoms. ...Read more

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What is a small subchondral fracture defomity of the lateral figures facet with prominent bone marrow edema? Moderate size joint effusion.

What is a small subchondral fracture defomity of the lateral figures facet with prominent bone marrow edema? Moderate size joint effusion.

Joint abnl: Need to identify which joint ar u asking about, Is it the knee? . Subchondral microfractures and prominent bone marrow edema are descriptions of the same thing. Typically r quite painful and may respond with axial bony paste. Which is only performed in the or by an orthopaedic d ...Read more

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I have a facet joint fracture L2 and L5 in my back since last June. Now I am having tingling and tightness down my legs. Can that be from facet injury?

I have a facet joint fracture L2 and L5 in my back since last June. Now I am having tingling and tightness down my legs. Can that be from facet injury?

It is possible: It can if the vertebra have become shifted or are unstable and are compressing a nerve. Has a surgeon suggested having it fixed? Make sure you contact your spine specialist tomorrow. If the symptoms are acute and have just come on, you may want to go to the ER. ...Read more

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Injured my back 6 months ago working out. Ct scan came back negative for pars fracture but L5 s1 right side facet joint arthropathy. I'm 22 is it poss?

Injured my back 6 months ago working out. Ct scan came back negative for pars fracture but L5 s1 right side facet joint arthropathy. I'm 22 is it poss?

Bone scan...: Pars fracture typically shows a "scotty dog" on oblique radiograph. Sometimes fracture can show up on bone scan before it shows up on x-ray but it sounds like your injury was a while ago. Have you had a nuclear medicine bone scan or asked about having one? If they do one, it would be helpful for them to do spect imaging. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more


Facet (Definition)

Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise ...Read more


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