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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. Corey Clay
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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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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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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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I keep having lower back pain in my l2-l3 vertebrae (approx) whenever i bend down to do something. It feels like i pinched a nerve , what is wrong?

Statistical reply: Most back pain, no matter high or low, is due to muscle strain. A large group is due to overstretched ligaments. Bad posture can cause pain. Pinching feelings are not always result of nerve compression but may be. The facet joints can be forced together with a pinching sensation, although this usually happens when the back is extended. ...Read more

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I had a mild lower back pain for 2 months. The lower vertebrae is sore to touch. Saw an osteo before which provided temp relief. How to fix?

I had a mild lower back pain for 2 months. The lower vertebrae is sore to touch. Saw an osteo before which provided temp relief. How to fix?

LBP is a common sym-: ptom and many have it. If its mild & not improving, I would start by being active with walking, swimming..... not only to be fit and have strong muscles, but losing weight (if overweight). If pain in back is the only symptom, then this will improve with time. However if its getting worse and is associated with leg pain & weakness, then MRI and seeing a Spine surgeon would be necessary. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Middle back pain for months.1 Thoracic vertebrae hurts when pressed for 1 wk. Causes? Doctor doesn't think it's serious. No hx of trauma, no fevers.

Second opinion: NOt sure what the problem but would get a second opinion. This may not be serious but if you are worried it merits being checked out. Note that at your young age the liklihood is small that there is any serious issue. May only be muscular. ...Read more

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Grade2 Spondylolisthesis of L5/S1. I get back pain at least once per year for a week? Does the pain mean the vertebra is further slipping forward?

Grade2 Spondylolisthesis of L5/S1. I get back pain at least once per year for a week? Does the pain mean the vertebra is further slipping forward?

Usually not: Even a spondylolisthesis that is not further shifting forward can cause episodes of back and leg pain. It is fairly uncommon (although not impossible) for it to slip further in an adult patient. If you have any concern, don't hesitate to be seen in follow up for a repeat exam and X-ray. ...Read more

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I have a compression facture of the T10 ,T11 vertebra happened in2006. I bent over today,my back popped in the area,now serve to modarte back pain.

See a doctor: It is difficult to tell over the internet. Bending over and having abrupt onset of pain may mean you are simply having a muscle spasm or a more severe condition such as another compression fracture. It is best to see a healthcare professional asap for a proper evaluation. ...Read more

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I have pain in my upper back to the right of my thoracic vertebra Ive had this pain since i was little when im stressed do I have chronic back pain?

Yes,but if you: only have it when you are stressed,, it is due to tension and should be relieved w/muscle relaxers or pain killers or antianxiety medications ...Read more

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I don't have back pain but have a single vertebra that hurts when pressed like when i sit down with a hard backrest or when lying down. Why is that?

Back pain: It's still back pain whether it is localized or generalized. It's hard to tell why it hurts as not enough information was provided. A thorough history and exam is needed to start. Perhaps you will need an xray unless the doc is able to pinpoint the problem after an office visit. ...Read more

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Dear doctor, i ve upper back pain and my third thoracic vertebra is bout 2mm deeper (sunk in)than the rest. Does my pain come from there an what is it

Dear doctor, i ve upper back pain and my third thoracic vertebra is bout 2mm deeper (sunk in)than the rest. Does my pain come from there an what is it

Difficult to tell: by this brief description, whether this is the source of your pain. Just because you can feel a depression there, it does not mean that this is cause of pain. Consult with an ortho or thoracic surgeon. ...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. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (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