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I have a spondylolysis in my lumbar spine. What can I do to relieve the pain?

I have a spondylolysis in my lumbar spine. What can I do to relieve the pain?

Depends: If it is an acute spondylolysis, a period of rest, perhaps a brace, and mild exercise may help. For a chronic case, physical therapy concentrating on core strengthening (stomach and back muscles) and aerobic fitness often work. Surgery can help if other, simpler measures do not give enough relief. ...Read more

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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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Just diagnosed with lumbar spine and pelvis demonstrating L5-S1 anterolisthesis due to L5 spondylolysis. What does this mean? spondylolysis

Just diagnosed with lumbar spine and pelvis demonstrating L5-S1 anterolisthesis due to L5 spondylolysis.  What does this mean?

spondylolysis

See below: Anterolisthesis is where one bone in the spine is shifted forward on the other, and spondylolysis means the development of a stress fracture in an area of the spine known as the pars. So basically, you have developed a pars fracture that has allowed the L5 vertebrae to shift forward on the first sacral vertebrae. ...Read more

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What exercises can I do for my curved lumbar spine so to relieve the stiffness?

What exercises can I do for my curved lumbar spine so to relieve the stiffness?

Stretch: Stretch exercise can help. You can learn this type of exercises from a physical therapist, physician, trainer, yoga instructor. Be prudent. Warming up helps. If an exercise is particularly uncomfortable, do not do it. When starting any new exercise, ease into it. Some soreness is natural at the beginning, but it should not be terribly painful. Some stiffness is part of the natural aging process. ...Read more

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Trigger point injection just right of the lumbar spine.Pain relief was good for the first 24h.Now its flaring up again. Something else or failed injec?

Trigger point injection just right of the lumbar spine.Pain relief was good for the first 24h.Now its flaring up again. Something else or failed injec?

Trigger point: Injections are temporary solutions. See an osteopathic physician or a physiatrist for a detailed musculoskeletal exam with attention to your posture, pelvic balance and psoas muscle tone. Physical therapy is also a great option. ...Read more

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2 bulging discs in lumbar spine, partial sacralization of l5- any general stretches i can do to relieve pressure on nerves & daily pain?

2 bulging discs in lumbar spine, partial sacralization of l5- any general stretches i can do to relieve pressure on nerves & daily pain?

Back pain: Core strengthening and lumbar ROM exercises are key for this. Multiple different types. Focus on hamstring stretches as well ...Read more

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What is spondylosis lumbar spine like?

What is spondylosis lumbar spine like?

It varies: For many folks it is painless. It is simply part of the aging process. Depending on your genes, some degeneration begins during the teen years; everyone has some by the mid 60s. In other folks, spondylosis can be associated with pain, stiffness, nerve compression and symptoms like leg pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, trouble walking, even trouble controlling the bladder or bowels. ...Read more

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What could cause a annular tear in lumbar spine l5?

What could cause a annular tear in lumbar spine l5?

Annular tear: The disk is made of two types of cartilage: a softer inner nucleus pulposis and a fibrous stiffer annulus fibrosis. As we age, the connective tissue of the body dries out and becomes stiffer, producing wrinkles and bulges in our skin- parts of our body sag and bulge as we age, including disks. Annular fissures or tears are asymptomatic cracks in disks, a weak spot where a disk might herniate. ...Read more

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Mri shows a fluid build up in lumbar spine, what to do?

Fluid build up??: Would need more info - not sure what fluid "build up" means - we would need to look at your MRI to see exactly what's going on. ...Read more

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Spondylolysis (Definition)

Spondylolysis is a condition in which there is a specific defect in the connection between the bones that make up the spinal column. Symptoms range from having none to having low back pain that may worsen ...Read more