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Can an MRI detect lumbar sprain in the lower back area?

Can an MRI detect lumbar sprain in the lower back area?

Unlikely: Most MRI units do not have the power and/or not set up sensitivity wise to detect most soft tissue injuries unless severe. There really is no indication to diagnose this condition by MRI as it can be made clinically and treated with good success. It is not indicated and a waste of money to get a MRI for this diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain,but with ice, time , rest,& activity modification they heal over a few weeks,3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more


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Can a lumbar sprain show on a xray?

Can a lumbar sprain show on a xray?

Not usually: Soft tissue injuries do not usually show on plain radiograph but can be seen on ultrasound or mr exam. Secondary signs of sprain sometimes can be seen such as straigtening of the normal lordotic lumbar curvature. ...Read more

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Can chiropractors take care of a lumbar sprain?

Can chiropractors take care of a lumbar sprain?

Absolutely: Chiropractors are well equipped to care for musculoskeletal injuries of the lower back. If neurological symptoms develop such as pain or numbness radiating into the buttocks /legs or bladder / bowel dysfunction then evaluation by a physician with additional diagnostic studies is recommended. The same would be true if pain persists after standard chiropractic treatment. ...Read more

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I have a lumbar sprain and it does not seem to be getting better. Next steps?

I have a lumbar sprain and it does not seem to be getting better. Next steps?

Seek medical care: Let's start with what we know-you have back pain. We don't know the cause (lumbar sprain does not explain it). I suggest seeing a well trained physician who can give you a precise diagnosis as to the cause of the pain. Then an accurate treatment specific for the diagnosis can be given applied and you will see improvement. ...Read more

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Going to start epidural injections in my back for the pain caused from a lumbar sprain. What is it like?

See below: These injections or not given for a lumbar strain. This usually responds with physical therapy. You may have some other disk pathology which this procedure has been recommended to you . These injections are usually given 1 to 2 weeks apart. There are usually administered by a orthopedic surgeon pain management anesthesiologist and administered with local anesthesia under flouro scopic guidance. Please review all the benefits risks and alternatives and complications associated with the procedure with the physician who is doing the procedure at least one week in advance prior to undertaking this procedure. Good luck thank you. ...Read more

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Should I go to a chiropractor for a bad lumbar sprain?

It depends: The diagnosis lumbar sprain is not specific and says nothing about what is actually causing the pain. I would suggest you first seek a physician who can give you a specific diagnosis before seeking treatment. Once the precise cause of the pain is known, a well thought out treatment plan can be implemented. This may involve chiropractic care as part of the treatment. ...Read more

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Epidural for pain clinic due to lumbar sprain, what to expect?

Epidural for pain clinic due to lumbar sprain, what to expect?

Safe procedure in: Experienced hands. They will take you into a room with a fluoroscopy machine, which is a c shaped x ray machine that they can maneuver around you. They will take some pictures, put a needle in your back, position it correctly with x ray, and then put the medication in the epidural space (assuming translaminar) if transforaminal, will be slightly to the side. Procedure will be maybe a few minutes. ...Read more

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Do you think I should go to a chiropractor for a lumbar sprain?

Do you think I should go to a chiropractor for a lumbar sprain?

If your sure about: The diagnosis. Otherwise get investigated by seeing your pcp, then decide who you want to see. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a lumbar sprain that is not repsonding to chiropractic care. What are the next steps?

Seek medical care: Let's start with what we know-you have back pain. We don't know the cause (lumbar sprain does not explain it). I suggest seeing a well trained physician who can give you a precise diagnosis as to the cause of the pain. Then an accurate treatment specific for the diagnosis can be given applied and you will see improvement. ...Read more

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I flipped chair in nurse station charting, I hit floor on bottom, chair hit back of my head hard.NP said contusion and lumbar sprain? Head still foggy

I flipped chair in nurse station charting, I hit floor on bottom, chair hit back of my head hard.NP said contusion and lumbar sprain? Head still foggy

Contusion: Sorry for your accident. After even a mild concussion do not do activities that can compromise your health and cause further head injury. Avoid tasks that require concentration or complicated thinking. Follow up appointments are very important. Also follow the advice of your health care provider. Be well. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about cervical-thoracic-lumbar sprain/strain?

Can you tell me more about cervical-thoracic-lumbar sprain/strain?

Basically theses are: soft tissue injuries that get better with time with usually no long term issues as long as you are not a smoker, overweight and you exercise regularly. However, if symptoms persist or do not improve over several weeks get checked by your physician to make sure there are no other causes which can sometimes mimic initial symptoms of soft tissue injury. ...Read more

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Sometimes feel cold spot in lower back and legs. Do have herniations and bulges in lumbar and thoracic area. Cause? Otherwise norm mri of spine/brain

Sometimes feel cold spot in lower back and legs. Do have herniations and bulges in lumbar and thoracic area. Cause? Otherwise norm mri of spine/brain

If the disk bulges: ...or herniations are putting pressure on the nerves as they exit the spinal cord, they could cause your symptoms. However, there are other causes as well. Sciatica, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, spinal stenosis and meralgia paresthetica (LFCN) are some other causes. I recommend that you follow up with your doctor if your symptoms persist or worsen. Dr. Anne. ...Read more

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Alot of pain since lumbar puncture last year. Dr ordered 2 mri's- pelvic and lower back- can't they see everything from just one test vs 2?

Alot of pain since lumbar puncture last year. Dr ordered 2 mri's- pelvic and lower back- can't they see everything from just one test vs 2?

Depends: MRI is a great test. However, the resolution changes depending on the area scanned. The bigger the area, the lower the resolution (detail increases with higher resolution). To improve resolution, they need to focus the MRI on the area of concern. I am guessing they included the pelvis to make sure something else wasn't causing the pain, outside the area of the lumbar puncture. ...Read more

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Just had an MRI on my left hip and back. Mri showed a laberal tare and m ild degenerative discs in my lumbar L6 ans s1 region. I've had a lot of pain in hip, lower back and groin. I have had two injections and not much help and understanding.What do I

Just had an MRI on my left hip and back.  Mri showed a laberal tare and  m ild degenerative discs in my lumbar L6 ans s1 region.  I've had a lot of pain in hip,  lower back and groin. I have had two injections and not much help and understanding.What do I

Hope this helps: This can be very difficult to sort out if you walk with limp tips scale towards hip confiirm hip pain generator with local anesthetic injx into hip joint mild disc degeneration shouldnt cause severe symptoms backache from third diagnosis chronic muscle dysfunction physical exam by a spine fellowship trained orthopedist is helpful labral tears usually cause painful clicking in hip no back pain ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more


Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Lumbar (Definition)

The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more