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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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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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T11,T12,L1,L2, and L4 compression fractures since 4/24/2014 havent healed yet! What can i do to heal my back?! Still in terrible pain!

T11,T12,L1,L2, and L4 compression fractures since 4/24/2014 havent healed yet! What can i do to heal my back?! Still in terrible pain!

Hopefully U R Cing..: ...a spine surgeon. @ Ur age U must have had a very severe injury 2 Ur back. Proper eval @ Rx is directed by the type & severity of each Fx. Were they mild, what% collapsed, were any burst Fx, & were they deemed stable? @ Ur age aggressive Rx is usually considered. Minimal is a TLSO, max is fusion. Healing min 6-10 mos. Activity modification, take it easy & follow up frequently. ...Read more

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I had capillary fractures of L1 &l2, retrolesthesis l1-l4 in '85. What nerves are running out of the spinal cord there. What parts would pain appear?

I had capillary fractures of L1 &l2, retrolesthesis l1-l4  in '85.  What nerves are running out of the spinal cord there. What parts would pain appear?

Anterior thigh: The l1through L4 nerves supply the front of the thigh, with the l4nerve root also supplying the inside of the leg below the knee. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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How long does it take hairline fracture of L4 vertebra to heal?

How long does it take hairline fracture of L4 vertebra to heal?

?: It depends on where it is. In certain areas of vertebral body an innocent "hairline" fx can lead 2 instability. B sure 2 c a spine surgeon 4 ur care. ...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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