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Doctor insights on: L5 L6 Vertebrae

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What does an L5 ttransitional vertebrae mean?

What does an L5 ttransitional vertebrae mean?

Looks like sacrum : A transitional L5 vertebrae is a fairly common finding when reviewing lumbar spine x-rays. It basically means that your L5 vertebrae has characteristics of s1( or the sacrum). Sometimes referred to as a "sacralized l5"... Nothing to be worried about...! ...Read more

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My L5 vertebrae is not healing. Why is this happening?

My L5 vertebrae is not healing. Why is this happening?

This is very vague: As to what you mean. If this is a condition called a pars fracture or spondylolysis this is typically from a congenital defect that will manifest itself in childhood but may not become symptomatic at all or at some point later in life. These typically do not heal but can be managed non op 90% of the time. If there is a compression or vertebral body fracture, they heal in about 3 months. ...Read more

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How to treat reoccurent spondylolysis in my L5 vertebrae?

How to treat reoccurent spondylolysis in my L5 vertebrae?

See the Spinal surg-: Eon who has treated you, as he would have options to help you, as he knows you, has treated you, knows the local condition of your back, etc and whatever previous treatments were used. Spinal fusion or a redo fusion might be an option. Check with him/her. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your lower spine X-ray report says "notable for a lumbus vertebrae at l5"?

What does it mean when your lower spine X-ray report says "notable for a lumbus vertebrae at l5"?

Disc herniating: Sounds like possible limbus vertebra at 5th lumbar vertebra at lower back. Limbus vertebra is defect in the anterior margin of the vertebral body where disc material herniates. Sometimes but less often posterior in location. Anterior herniation usually asymptomatic but posterior herniation can be symptomatic. ...Read more

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I have done physical Theropy and Cyropractics for my levoscoliosis and missing L5 vertebrae and I'm still in pain. What should I look at for medical treatments?

I have done physical Theropy and Cyropractics for my levoscoliosis and missing L5 vertebrae and I'm still in pain. What should I look at for medical treatments?

An evaluation: It is time to see a Physician, either a primary care or a specialist in back problems. There are many good treatments depending on the exact source of your pain and symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a cob angle of 26 degrees with a slight rotation in my spine w my levoscoliosis. Would me also missing my L5 vertebrae make my pain worse and effect my scoliosis?

I have a cob angle of 26 degrees with a slight rotation in my spine w my levoscoliosis. Would me also missing my L5 vertebrae make my pain worse and effect my scoliosis?

Seek consultation: Pain with scoliosis may have many etiologies, bone, nerve or muscle, in the adult. Consultation with orthopedic doctror and physical therapist may help. In general non surgical attempts at improving pain should be considered before surgery. The absence of vertebra is usually not likely to increase pain unless causes increase in deformity. ...Read more

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I am missing my L5 vertebrae, is it necessary to have back surgery?

I am missing my L5 vertebrae, is it necessary to have back surgery?

No: A "missing" L5 vertebrae usually refers to a sacralized L5 segment, which is not really missing at all. In and of itself, nothing needs to be done about that radiologic finding. ...Read more

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Is it likely the fusion of my L345 vertebrae with rods, screws, and a cage 14 yrs ago has led to the L5 S1 collapse and bulging?

Is it likely the fusion of my L345 vertebrae with rods, screws, and a cage 14 yrs ago has led to the L5 S1 collapse and bulging?

L5/S1 s/p fusion: There is a syndrome called adjacent level disease. That after instrumentation the segment below above can develop disease. see below F/u/ w/ orthopedics or neurosurgery

http://surgicalneurologyint.com/surgicalint-articles/adjacent-level-disease-following-lumbar-spine-surgery-a-review/ ...Read more

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What is this called? My s1 L5 vertebrae are located higher than the iliac crest.

What is this called? My s1 L5 vertebrae are located higher than the iliac crest.

Transitional anatomy: There are typically 5 vertebrae that make up the lumbar spine, but there are variants with 4 or 6 segments that naturally occur. With l5/s1 above the crests, it is most often with a true sacralized L5 segment with the lowest moving disc being l4/5..... ...Read more

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What is the normal range of motion for the lumbar spinal vertebrae? (e.G. Can everyone'e l5-l1 pivot?)

Lumbar rom: Check out google search article bible, j et al. Normal functional range of motion of the lumbar spine during 15 activities of daily living. Journal of spinal disorders and techniques. April 2010 vol 23 issue pp 106-112. Objective answer to your question. ...Read more

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Can the steroid in a L5 s1 injection spread into the psoas muscle which attaches to the last 4 vertebrae causing it to shrink?

Can the steroid in a L5 s1 injection spread into the psoas muscle which attaches to the last 4 vertebrae causing it to shrink?

Let me explain: If you look at the anatomy of the psoas muscle you see the body is in front l5-s1 disc space which usually injected from the back area. I doubt very much that could happen. ...Read more

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Can training of soft tissue like ballet cause the L5 s1 vertebrae to be anatomically higher than the iliac crest? Due to hypertrophied lm muscles?

Can training of soft tissue like ballet cause the L5 s1 vertebrae to be anatomically higher than the iliac crest? Due to hypertrophied lm muscles?

No: That cannot anatomically happen. There could be structural differences that you may have (congenital issues), but what you described cannot happen. ...Read more

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My son fractured L1 & L5 vertebrae and is experiencing upper body tremors. We have had head, neck, and back MRI to rule out other injuries.

My son fractured L1 & L5 vertebrae and is experiencing upper body tremors. We have had head, neck, and back MRI to rule out other injuries.

Upper Body Tremors: Hello. No previous history prior to fractures of upper body tremors? What did his MRIs show specifically of his neck? Did he have one of his thoracic spine? Do tremors involve arms AND chest (torso)? Is this the 1st time he has taken Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl)? Tremor can be seen with Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) but it is RARE. Tremors usually occur with overdose of Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl). Is he taking any narcotics too for pain control? ...Read more

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'wedging of L2 to L5 vertebral body noted. Osteoporosis noted involving lumber vertebral bodies.' what does this mean? This is result noted in x-ray.

'wedging of L2 to L5 vertebral body noted. Osteoporosis noted involving lumber vertebral bodies.' what does this mean? This is result noted in x-ray.

Incorrect diagnosis: Osteoporosis can not be diagnosed on an xray. Unless: you have a low-energy fracture (utilizing who definition). However, this requires clinical history. Bone "density" is affected by xray technique and body mass. So do not lend much credence to the diagnosis. Wedging possibly scheuermann's disease vs. Osteomalacia from prednisone/uc/malabsorption. Dexa best test for bone density. Endocrine eval. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for increase in L5 bone in my backbone ?

What is the treatment for increase in L5 bone in my backbone ?

Please restate: Please rephrase your question. I am not clear what you are asking. It could be you are asking about bone density or size or position or something else. Also what symptoms do you have? ...Read more