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One year after i fractured my L3 L4 transverse process I am having numbness and weakness in left leg. Is this a small problem or should I worry?

One year after i fractured my L3 L4 transverse process I am having numbness and weakness in left leg.  Is this a small problem or should I worry?

Worry: Your symptoms indicate that you likely have a radiculopathy, which means a nerve root to your leg is not functioning correctly. This could be caused by a herniated disc caused by your injury, a piece of bone (either a piece of broken bone or a bone spur) or even a shift of the bones you injured (called spondylolisthesis) with respect to one another. See a board certified spine specialist. ...Read more

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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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I fell down from motorbike and got minor fracture in right transverse process of L2 to L4 of vertebra. Due to which back pains. What's recovery time?

I fell down from motorbike and got minor fracture in right transverse process of L2 to L4 of vertebra. Due to which back pains. What's recovery time?

Long time: Those fractures are not minor it takes quite a bit of force to break off a transverse process it will take ~ 3 months for things to get pretty good. ...Read more

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I fractured my L1-L4 transverse processes . After 6 weeks still having lots of pain, stinging in hip& buttock. Pain down leg. Is this normal?

I fractured my L1-L4 transverse processes . After 6 weeks still having lots of pain, stinging in hip& buttock. Pain down leg. Is this normal?

Back Fracture: Fracture of the multiple transverse processes can damage structures adjacent or passing through this bony structure. Pain down legs suggests involvement of a nerve or nerves. This could be due to bony fragment, swelling, muscle spasm or nerve injury. A follow up visit with your doctor and possibly a repeat MRI or nerve conduction study to determine cause. ...Read more

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Can a L3 L4 process fracture cause leg numbness a year after it happened ?

Can a L3 L4 process fracture cause leg numbness a year after it happened ?

Not likely: Assuming you had L3 and L4 transverse process fractures after an accident.Numbness in a leg a year later is more likely related to other factors( pressure or swelling on a peripheral nerve for example ) although it is possible to have had a disc injury that us just now making its presence felt. Almost all transverse proc. Fxs.Heal uneventfully.. See your md should the numbness persist . Gl! ...Read more

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How to treat a fractured L4 and l5?

How to treat a fractured L4 and l5?

Take it easy: Most spine fractures will heal within 3 months with bracing, limiting strenuous activity and close follow-up with a spine specialist. Some fractures require surgical stabilization and kyphoplasty is an option for elderly patients with compression fractures. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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Can a 31 year old male go back to work when he fractured L3 fused L4 L5 spine work normal movement and ?

Can a 31 year old male go back to work  when he fractured L3 fused L4 L5 spine work normal movement and ?

Hopefully: After healing, the bone should get back to normal strength. Recovery from a spine fracture and back surgery depends on the degree of injury, your own healing process, determination in rehabilitation, luck, and what type of work and activity you are trying to get back to!! I have patients who have returned to full normal activity in physically demanding jobs, but others were not able to. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm 31-year-old male fractured spine L3 fused L4-L5 metal bars in his back would be good for me go back to work should I asked my doctor?

I'm 31-year-old male fractured spine L3 fused L4-L5 metal bars in his back would be good for me go back to work should I asked my doctor?

Ask doctor: By all means ask the doctor caring for you. In consideration are what your job involves and how well healed you are and what physical limitations this has left you with. ...Read more

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What will cause premature ejaculation in a 31 year old male thyroid removed fractured L4 L3 L5 spin ?

What will cause premature ejaculation in a 31 year old male thyroid removed fractured L4 L3 L5 spin ?

If U R on adequate-: -replacement, not the cause even low or high thyroid levels would have no effect. Also compression fractures would have the opposite effect due 2 pain. C Ur PCP & look for the cause. ...Read more

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What are the precautions of L4 back fracture? Plz reply detail!!!

What are the precautions of L4 back fracture? Plz reply detail!!!

Vertebral fracture: Optimally - wear spine brace (padded plastic, front and back) for minimum 2 months, 3 months best. Wear morning til night. Can sleep without. Minimal walking x two weeks. Only sit or recline. Cannot drive or bike. No lifting x 3 months, no sexual activity x 3 months, no domestic chores, no twisting, bending other than sitting and standing. Walk gently, slowly. ...Read more

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How long for L4 stress fracture to heal?

6-8 weeks: It should heal in the 6-8 week time frame, assuming there are no other complicating factors. ...Read more

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Broken Bone (Definition)

Broken bone is also known as Fracture. A bone fracture is a condition in which there is a break in the bone. It can be caused by a high force injury or it may result from a previous medical condition that involves weakening of the bone. Common symptoms include severe pain, swelling of the surrounding ...Read more


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