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Doctor insights on: Degenerative Joint Disease Lumbar Spine

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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


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Cortisone inj. Today in rt. Shoulder at jt. For tendonitis. This eve. I have sign. Pain moving rt. Arm. Ice? Ys in december show degenerative joint disease with bone spurs from neck down length of back and right shoulder. Decreased rom with some pain

Cortisone inj. Today in rt. Shoulder at jt.  For tendonitis.  This eve. I have sign.  Pain moving rt. Arm.  Ice? Ys in december show degenerative joint disease with bone spurs from neck down length of back and right shoulder.  Decreased rom with some pain

You : You can try ice and advil (ibuprofen) (if you have no reasons you can't take advil (ibuprofen)), but if the pain persists or you have any fever or redness then you must call your orthopedist immediately for evaluation to be sure you aren't having a reaction or an infection. ...Read more

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Recent bone scintigrapy showed no hot spots other than my lumbar spine. Does this mean all my other joints are ok? X-rays have shown OA in many joints

Recent bone scintigrapy showed no hot spots other than my lumbar spine. Does this mean all my other joints are ok? X-rays have shown OA in many joints

Inflammation: Scintigraphy lights up to ID blood or fluid movements, infection, inflammation, and cancer and has many uses to identify structures and functional processes in different organ systems ...Read more

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My lumbar spine MRI showed I have a mild diffuse disc bulge and mild facet arthropathy at L5-S1. Are those normal or common in a 31 year old woman?

My lumbar spine MRI showed I have a mild diffuse disc bulge and mild facet arthropathy at L5-S1. Are those normal or common in a 31 year old woman?

Premature Lumbar DDD: According to the website SpineHealth, by age 60, 100% of people have degeneration of the lumbar spine by age 60. In a 31 year old woman I ask are you a dancer, gymnast, waitress or warehouse worker? Are you tall, obese or sit 8 hours a day, have scoliosis or is premature DDD in your family? My book The 21st Century Upright Woman explores risk factors for lumbar spine degeneration. Age is #1! ...Read more

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MRI of lumbar spine lists desiccation of disc at L5-S1. L4-L5 mild facet arthropathy & hypertrophy. L5-S1 minimal bulge & moderate facet ^. Meaning??

MRI of lumbar spine lists desiccation of disc at L5-S1. L4-L5 mild facet arthropathy & hypertrophy. L5-S1 minimal bulge & moderate facet ^. Meaning??

Aging changes: Disc desiccation refers to loss of water content in the discs as a result of aging. Facet hypertrophy is degenerative arthritis of the joints between the vertebral bodies. A bulging disc is one that protrudes out to some extent into the spinal canal. All of these are just descriptions. Significance depends on how these findings relate to your symptoms and physical exam. ...Read more

Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Osteoarthritis (Definition)

Common degenerative problem of cartilage and joints. Wear and tear to a point that the joint no longer can keep up with depositing fresh cartilage and the joint space thins, bone becomes exposed and pailful, bone spurs ...Read more