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What exactly is a sequestrated lumbar intervertebral disc?

What exactly is a sequestrated lumbar intervertebral disc?

Separated: There are different degrees of herniation. The most severe degree is sequestered. It just means a piece of disc has ruptured through the back wall of the disc into the nerve canal and then migrated away to the extent it is no longer in contact with the disc. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Spinal Disc (Definition)

Spinal discs are located between the vertebrae (blocks of bone) of the spine (expect the upper 2). They act like shock absorbers and are also important in allowing our spines to be flexible. They have a tough outer rim made of strong fibers and a fleshier shock-absorbing tissue in the center. These "shocks" can wear out with routine life activities, age and injuries. They can ...Read more


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What is Lumbosacral strain, with disc space narrowing at L4-5 at L4-5 with spondylolysis anterosuperiorly at L4 with lumbar intervertebral disc syndro?

What is Lumbosacral strain, with disc space narrowing at L4-5 at L4-5 with spondylolysis anterosuperiorly at L4 with lumbar intervertebral disc syndro?

Your question: Got cut off, but a strain is a muscular injury, disc space narrowing is a manifestation of degenerative disc disease (analagous to arthritic change), and spondylolysis is a congenital or acquired defect in the lamina, part of the posterior aspect of the vertebra, which can potentially cause pain, instability, and accelerated degenerative arthritis. ...Read more

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Had neck MRI final result said DEGENERATION OF CERVICAL INTERVERTEBRAL DISC OTHER MUSCULOSKELETAL SYMPTOMS REFERABLE TO LIMBS what does this mean?

Had neck MRI final result said DEGENERATION OF CERVICAL INTERVERTEBRAL DISC OTHER MUSCULOSKELETAL SYMPTOMS REFERABLE TO LIMBS what does this mean?

Degeneration: Basically mean arthritic changes at the disc space. As for the other part of the statement about musculoskeletal symptoms, I'm not sure what it means in the context of an MRI report. It is referencing symptoms, not MRI findings. ...Read more

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What is intervertebral disc disorder with myelopathy lumbar region?

What is intervertebral disc disorder with myelopathy lumbar region?

Nonsensical: The spinal cord ends at about l-2, and most common disc issues are present at l4-5, and l-5-s-1. In order for a disc to affect the spinal cord, we are talking about a problem in the lower thoracic spine, or a rather unusual high lumbar disc fragment, perhaps. Myelopathy means involvement of spinal cord, so are we really using the term incorrectly here? Ask your doc about this. ...Read more

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Symptoms of Intervertebral disc displacement lumbar w/o myelopathy?

And the question IS?: I'm afraid your question mark should really be a comma if anything. I'm not catching your drift. Are you asking for a list of symptoms associated with IVD disease without myelopathy....or if one could even exist without the other? Perhaps, you're copying something out of a report? Revamp your question and send through again. ...Read more

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Hello, is there any long term complication for lumbar (l5 s1) discectomy and laminectomy for prolapsed intervertebral disc. Thank you?

Hello, is there any long term complication for lumbar (l5 s1) discectomy and laminectomy for prolapsed intervertebral disc. Thank you?

Pain, instability: Discectomies work well in immediate pain control, but after some time (5-10 years) they may lead to instability and need for segmental fusion. ...Read more

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Hi Doctor! I am 40 years old. On trying to bend down, it feels like something will "break" in my lower back. MRI 4 months back showed mild-moderate intervertebral disc space loss in lower back. And just last week a few new sysmtoms started. There are some

Hi Doctor! I am 40 years old. On trying to bend down, it feels like something will "break" in my lower back. MRI 4 months back showed mild-moderate intervertebral disc space loss in lower back. And just last week a few new sysmtoms started. There are some

Follow up: You may have instability in one of your lumbar segments. I would recommend you follow up with your spine doctor. They will probably order X-rays that are taken with you standing and bent over to asses the stability. Sometimes it can be treated with physical therapy and others are better treated with surgical stabilization. ...Read more

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I have lowe back pain. X-ray shows lost intervertebral disc space....What is the managment and tretment?

Work Up: The first step is a comprehensive history and physical with correlation of studies and how your life is impacted by back pain or radicular symptoms/sciatica/leg pain. Management and treatment range from the very conservative such as anti-inflammatories and physical therapy to epidurals and other interventions. Surgery is usually a last resort. ...Read more

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What is typical physiotherapy treatment of prolapsed intervertebral disc (pivd)?

What is typical physiotherapy treatment of prolapsed intervertebral disc (pivd)?

Different kinds: One type that is popular and has a good track record is mckenzie technique named for robin mckenzie, an australian physiotherapist. The theory is to find a lumbar range of motion that is relatively comfortable and train the patient to engage in these exercises. Often for a prolapsed disc, it involves back extension exercises which seeks to "centralize" the pain into the back and out of the leg. ...Read more

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What is tissue located in the intervertebral disc?

Cartilage: It is cartilage. It is made up of tough outer wall called annulus fibrosis, and soft inner tissue called nucleus pulposis. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me the parts of an intervertebral disc?

Intervertebral disc: The disc is composed of a central nuclear material composed of proteoglycans and surrounded by layered connective tissue arranged in alternating bias plys known as the anulus fibrosis. The last component are the cartilagenous endplates that are attached to the boney vertebral bodies that are located above and below each disc. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: intervertebral disc?

What is the definition or description of: intervertebral disc?

Cushion: Our vertebral column is comprised of vertebrae which are separated by discs which provide a cushioning effect. The disc contains a gelatinous substance surrounded by a fibrous net to contain. Over time, may rupture, dry out, or deteriorate, but may last a lifetime. ...Read more

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What is bulging intervertebral disc with sac effacement en l-5s1?

Bulging disc: The disc at the l5-s1 level is bulging and causing pressure on the spinal sack, but not causing nerve compression. Most of this type of findings on MRI are asymptomatic or possibly a cause of back pain. Core strengthening, pain management, and rarely surgery can improve symptoms. ...Read more

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What is intervertebral disc disorder with myelopathy cervical region?

What is intervertebral disc disorder with myelopathy cervical region?

Cord compression due: To disc issue in the neck region usually with degenerative disc disease ; a small spinal canal diameter. Prior history of neck injury can accelerate degenerative changes ; smokers accelerate this rate 4x over a nonsmoker. A herniated large disc can cause a myelopathy which is cord compression but it is most often associated with degeneration leading to a too narrow spinal canal for the cord. ...Read more

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Could you tell me the difference between annulus fibrosus and nucleus pulposus in intervertebral disc?

Shell vs jelly: Annulus is the rings of connective tissue, like cartilage, that form the outer part of the disk. Nucleus pulposis is the jelly filling.
A herniated disc occurs when the jelly squirts out of the shell whereas a "protrusion" occurs when a part of the annulus is pooching out. ...Read more

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Mri say there is a reversal in normal cervical lordosis most at c4c5 intervertebral disc space level. What does that mean?

Reversed curve: Cervical Lordosis is the normal curvature of the cervical spine, curving gently outward towards the front of the neck. Reversal of lordosis is just what it sounds like: the curve reverses and curves toward the back of the neck. Potential causes include muscle spasm. ...Read more

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What is intervertebral disc syndrome?

IDS: As you age the vertebral discs shrink a bit. The center is a jelly like material and its surrounded by a tough 'sack' of tissue. The jelly center can rupture, sometimes with trauma, and the contents can press on nerve roots. O, the shrinking alone can cause pressure on nerve roots. An MRI can generally tell you what's going on. Sounds like you could have all the above. ...Read more

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Any way to increase thickness of intervertebral disc?

Any way to increase thickness of intervertebral disc?

Disc Height: The spinal discs are avascular, meaning they lack direct blood supply. Nutrition of the discs occurs with passive flow of fluids from the bones into the disc across the cartilage endplates during times of rest, as during recumbancy. The discs therefore increase in height every night and slowly lose height during the day with upright activity. No options to augment this process currently exist. ...Read more

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What is cause of a prolapsed intervertebral disc?

What is cause of a prolapsed intervertebral disc?

Nornal Aging: Disc prolapse, bulging, and herniation are part of normal aging and having one doesn't mean you you will have pain or disability. About 50% of asymptomatic individuals (without history of low back pain) aged 20-39 have bulging discs and about 21% have ruptured discs in their lumbar spine (low back). ...Read more

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What is mild lossof intervertebral disc heights atc4-5, c5-6& significant narrowing of right neural exitforamen c5-6&mild narrowing of c6-7?

Wear and tear: The description is of some typical degenerative changes of the cervical spine. The significance would be determined by a clinician doing the appropriate assessment including history taking and physical examination ...Read more

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Few dr suggested for surgery few for medicines for lv3-lv4 n lv5 intervertebral disc levels (i have already asked for), im doing therapy now, is that ok?

Few dr suggested for surgery few for medicines for lv3-lv4 n lv5 intervertebral disc levels (i have already asked for), im doing therapy now, is that ok?

Yes: Surgery is elective, and usually chosen as an option by the patient who has failed all other means of treating his/her symptoms (meaning meds, injections, physical therapy, if appropriate weight loss, e stim, etc.). If you get to the point when pain or neurological deficit is interfering with day to day activities despite other tx, then talk to ur doc about surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Intervertebral Disc (Definition)

Our vertebral column is comprised of vertebrae which are separated by discs which provide a cushioning effect. The disc contains a gelatinous substance surrounded by a fibrous net to contain. Over time, may rupture, dry out, or deteriorate, but ...Read more


Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Lumbar (Definition)

Refers to something related to the area about the lower part of the ...Read more