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37 year old has scoliosis, lumbar lordosis and curved spine, and was born with hip dysplasia.Had several surgeries. Now has joint and back pain walkin?

37 year old has scoliosis, lumbar lordosis and curved spine, and was born with hip dysplasia.Had several surgeries. Now has joint and back pain walkin?

Joint/Back pain: You have a difficult problem because of your history. You should seek the advice of a qualified physiatrist who specializes in spine care. Preferentially they should work in the same practice as a spine surgeon so you can get both opinions. ...Read more

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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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I have an extra lumbar vertebra. Could that be the cause of my back pain?

I have an extra lumbar vertebra. Could that be the cause of my back pain?

Yes: While you were developing, you had a congenital difference from your colleagues in the homo sapien world. Though this does not typically lead to issues, the back is a very fickle structure, and occasionally it can lead to back difficulties. This is not always a given though. ...Read more

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I have extra thoracic ribs and a 6 lumbar vertebrae. I have had severe neck back pain and for years. Are the congenital defects linked to a cause?

No.: Give me more info. An extra segment is not a known cause of discomfort in itself. Neck and back pain causes are multifactoral. You might profit from reading my book "Stop Your Neck Pain and Headache Now." Isometric and other exercises work. ...Read more

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Help please? How much force does it take to cause a compression fracture in a healthy lumbar vertebra?

Help please? How much force does it take to cause a compression fracture in a healthy lumbar vertebra?

Fall or MVA: Usually a fall from 8-10 feet landing on feet or buttocks or MVA at 35 mph causing forward flexing. These figures depend on height and weight ...Read more

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My lower back pops, almost like when you crack your knuckles. But its one of my lumbar vertebrae. I have lower back pain but not when it pops?

My lower back pops, almost like when you crack your knuckles. But its one of my lumbar vertebrae. I have lower back pain but not when it pops?

Ok: This is ok and you are doing your own spinal manipulation like cracking your knuckles. You are most likely "cracking" your facet joints which stretches their joint coverings or capsules which causes a reflex relaxation of the surrounding back muscles giving you relief. There is no harm in you doing this. The popping sensation is the joint surfaces separating which are "wet". ...Read more

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I underwent a back X-Ray due to back pain. It showed generalized diminished bone density and mild scoliotic change in the lumbar vertebrae, while the intervertebral space is unchanged. I'll undergo an MRI, should I be worried?

BACK PAIN: Thus far there is nothing you've mentioned on the X-ray that is a source of acute back pain so no reason to worry based on x-ray; having said that it was a waste to get the x-ray unless it was post trauma.MRI is the standard radiographic eval for back pain. Is this from an MVA? If so, it is likely a muscle strain. ...Read more

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Tell me about sixth lumbar vertebra?

Nornally a sixth: Lumbar vertebrae is actually a sacral vertebrae, or s1, that did not fuse with the rest of the sacrum. This is not pathologic for any disease processes or anything to worry about if there are no symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the differences between the costal process and the transverse process of a lumbar vertebra?

What are the differences between the costal process and the transverse process of a lumbar vertebra?

There are none!: As there are no Costal processes on Lumbar spine. They are present only on Thoracic spine where the Ribs are articulating. Very rarely, in some individuals, the upper Lumbar vertebra ( L1) might have a short process, like a small rib; but that is very very rare. ...Read more

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Lumbar retrolisthesis vs spondylolisthesis. What are the mechanics? How does it happen? Can a fall cause it? Does it cause back pain?

Lumbar retrolisthesis vs spondylolisthesis.  What are the mechanics?  How does it happen?  Can a fall cause it? Does it cause back pain?

Typically a : Retrolisthesis is due to degenerative changes leading to this instability pattern. A spondylolisthesis can occur by the same mechanism or by trauma or genetic in nature. Since there are abnormal mechanics leading to this, they remain abnormal and can lead to pain in back or even radicular symptoms due to nerve irritation, development of spinal or foramenal stenosis or possibly disc herniation. ...Read more

Vertebra (Definition)

Any of the bones that make up the vertebral column. Each vertebra contains an arched, hollow section through which the spinal cord passes. In humans, the vertebrae are divided into cervical, thoracic, and lumbar sections, and the sacrum and coccyx are both made up of a series of fused vertebrae. The vertebrae are separated ...Read more


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more