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L2 L3 L4 transverse process fractures - 3 weeks ago after a fall from about 1.5m onto hard surface. Had X-ray and CT scan. Pain getting worse and afte?

L2 L3 L4 transverse process fractures - 3 weeks ago after a fall from about 1.5m onto hard surface. Had X-ray and CT scan. Pain getting worse and afte?

Followup: You would certainly want to discuss with your treating physician. You may need more aggressive a ways to control your pain or you may need further workup to see if there is any other component to your injury. Isolated transverse process fractures can be painful, but thankfully do not affect the stability and so usually do real well at some point. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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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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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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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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Ct scan Fractured l1-l4 transverse process, showed an enlarged surahilar lymph gland 19x20mm & low density non specific nodule , what does this mean ?

Ct scan Fractured l1-l4 transverse process, showed an enlarged surahilar lymph gland 19x20mm & low density non specific nodule , what does this mean
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Hilar Nodes: The CT scan is a very sensitive test and when they scanned your back, they are seeing Lymph nodes. This is supra hilar of what location, your lesion is unclear. D/W MD that ordered it, they are calling is nonspecific. May not mean much and at best can be followed in some time with a repeat imaging. ...Read more

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I have transverse process fractures of my l1-l4 (2006) I also have a herniated disc at my l5 s1 I'm in severe pain all the time is it from one or both?

Mostly from the hern: if the fracture healed completely, then the pain mostly from herniated disc ,you need to have NCV and EMG nerve test , if it positive for nerve compression , try physical therapy , anti inflammatory drugs like Naproxyn , if pain persist try epidural steroid injection , ...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?

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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What is a non-displaced subacute fracture through remnant of L4 spinous process.Callus is developing?

What is a non-displaced subacute fracture through remnant of L4 spinous process.Callus is developing?

Not worrisome: probably not a worry unless its below lamina and may start to compress the collection of nerve rootlets below it over time - sounds like you had a trauma in the past, there was a small fracture of the spinous process (which in and of itself might be painful for a few weeks but likely will heal and come to nothing) and now the healing is leading to some bone formation in the vicinity ...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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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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L4 fracture, bulging discs and deterioration of the hip?

L4 fracture, bulging discs and deterioration of the hip?

What is the question: You have not asked a question. See a rheumatologist or orthopedist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

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