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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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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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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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What is "diffuse disc space narrowing from L1 to L5-S1 with marginal osteophytes arising from the vertebral endplates."?

What is "diffuse disc space narrowing from L1 to L5-S1 with marginal osteophytes arising from the vertebral endplates."?

(osteo)arthritis: Whoever ordered xrays and gave you results should have explained results to you (or patient). More important than xray interpretation (no offense intended towards radiology colleagues) is why xray ordered in first place. While xrays may show evidence of arthritis, we treat patient & pain/debility, not xray. Sometimes, there can be lots of pain despite normal xray. Other times, no pain w/coincidenc ...Read more

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I have constant pain/pressure around the L4/L5-L5/S1 disc area, diagnosed MRI report says: Disc bulging with posterior vertebral body endplate osteoph?

I have constant pain/pressure around the L4/L5-L5/S1 disc area, diagnosed MRI report says: Disc bulging with posterior vertebral body endplate osteoph?

Pain may not be-: -from the oeteophyte, because you don't say what level that finding is at or how many levels are involved. The back pain I would assume front your age could very well be from degenerative disk disease of the lumbar spine. A bulging disk is another sign of degenerative disease. There are many treatments available so see your PCP for eval & referrals if needed. ...Read more

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Can an L5 s1 hernia heal on its own?

Can an L5 s1 hernia heal on its own?

Herniated disc?: If you do not have nerve compression resulting in pain or bladder/bowel dysfunction, your body will eventually form scar tissue around the new place the disc rests and the symptoms will improve. This can take 2-3 months. ...Read more

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L5&s1 fusion 10/10/13. How soon can I have an mri?

L5&s1 fusion 10/10/13. How soon can I have an mri?

Usually 6 wks after: Usually you can have an MRI 6 weeks after your surgery, provided that all the devices are MRI safe. Typically with fusion, all the implanted hardware is MRI safe. If you have an epidural pain pump, that is another story and should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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I had an MRI showing l5-s1 herniated. What can I do about it?

I had an MRI showing l5-s1 herniated. What can I do about it?

Physical Therapy 1st: Most persons with this diagnosis do not have a "surgical" problem, but benefit from physical therapy (possibly including traction), strengthening and stretching exercises, anti-inflammatory medicine, and ice/heat/ultrasound or a combination. If there is significant weakness, bowel or bladder dysfunction, of if it is progressive, then involving neurology or neurosurgery would be helpful. ...Read more

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Can a sudden fall onto your coccyx cause a disc to slip L5 s1?

Can a sudden fall onto your coccyx cause a disc to slip L5 s1?

Disc: It is certainly possible, but perhaps there were already disc issues before. ...Read more

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What is the difference between l5-s1 spondylosis and l5-s1 ddd?

What is the difference between l5-s1 spondylosis and l5-s1 ddd?

Similar: Those two terms often are used interchangeably. Ddd refers to degenerative disc disease specifically. Spondylosis refers to degeneration in the spine diffusely and can include ligaments and facet joints. ...Read more

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Does a disc annular repair itself in a l5-s1 bulging disc case?

Does a disc annular repair itself in a l5-s1 bulging disc case?

Yes!: We never see them in older adults. Even for full blown herniations, the discs repair... http://casereports. Bmj. Com/cgi/content/full/bcr-2013-201037. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a l5-s1 bulging disc be herniated over time?

Is it possible that a l5-s1 bulging disc be herniated over time?

Bulging Disc: A bulging disc= herniated disc. The real significance is the degree of herniation and whether there is any impingement on the nerves in the cauda equina of the lumbar spine (peripheral nerves). ...Read more

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What is break noted in pars interarticularis between L5 s1 level?

What is break noted in pars interarticularis between L5 s1 level?

Spondylolysis: Spondylo means spine and lysis means crack. These can be congenital variety which is genetic in origin occuring in 6% of the us population or after trauma which can be repetitve particularly in certain high level athletes like swimmers, gymnasts, pitchers, football linemen to name a few. Most are treated non operatively. It can be from trauma too. They can be found in about 6% of the us ...Read more

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Can an extruded disc fragment at L5-S1 go away without dissection?

Can an extruded disc fragment at L5-S1 go away without dissection?

Not usually: Are you symptomatic? It depends where the fragment is in relation to the herniated disc (anterior, posterior, lateral placement, and how big it is, and whether it's impinging on anything or not). Need to speak to your spine specialist about this further, as s/he did the physical exam, and has the imaging needed to answer this question more fully. ...Read more

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What are some good, safe exercises to do with L5/S1 Herniated/Bulging disc?

What are some good, safe exercises to do with L5/S1 Herniated/Bulging disc?

Prone on Elbows: Hi TamaraR, It is always best to be evaluated by a competent specialist prior to starting exercises. Generally, pain can be relieved by stretching exercises that arch your back. You can lay down prone with elbows resting on the ground and arch your back for 3-5 min at a time. If you have symptoms such as weakness then it may be urgent to see a specialist. Thank You Dr. Ayman Omar ...Read more

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What does disc height loss in L4-L5 thru L5-S1 and osteophytes in L4-L5 mean?

What does disc height loss in L4-L5 thru L5-S1 and osteophytes in L4-L5 mean?

Entrap roots: Possibly roots can be trapped or spinal space can be stenosed ...Read more

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What to do if a right sided microdiskectomy on my l5-s1 there disk after a microdiskectomy?

What to do if a right sided microdiskectomy on my l5-s1 there disk after a microdiskectomy?

Avoid strenuous acts: In microdiscsctomy surgery they take out the portion of the disc that ruptured and came out of place to cause pressure over the nerve/ right s1 nerve roo., we make sure there are no more loose pieces that will come out again. We do not take out the entire disc material. So there is some disc left behind. You have to take it easy wait for the body to heal before starting strenuouous activities. ...Read more