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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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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise, stretch, to improve range of motion, strength & endurance
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Avoid repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled. Don't miss appointments.
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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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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Protect the area. Don't do things that hurt.
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Get the area X-rayed
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Follow the advice of the doctor and allow the area to heal
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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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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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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Follow weightbearing orders
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Eat well
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Follow physician instructions
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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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