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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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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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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What are the chances of a L5 pars fracture healing 7 months after injury. I'm 22?

What are the chances of a L5 pars fracture healing 7 months after injury. I'm 22?

Pretty good: Pars fractures usually heal with in 6-8 weeks to a point of stability, within 6 months to a return to activities without issue. However, this depends on whether or not the extension movements have been limited and it has been treated appropriately. It also depends if it was congenital or not. This often will not heal. Your doc should be able to tell whether congenital or not based on imaging. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a L5 bilateral pars fracture healing 7 months after injury?

Spondylolysis: These pars fractures rarely heal with bracing or external stabilization. If they become symptomatic with instability fusion is required. Many people live their whole live with pars fractures and never have any treatment. ...Read more

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Why is that pars fracture at l5 region not trated with Kyphoplasty/why hasny anybody tried?

Why is that pars fracture at l5 region not trated with Kyphoplasty/why hasny anybody tried?

Not possible: It is not an area of the spine that it is possible. In a kyphoplasty a balloon is placed into the vertebral body and inflated, then cement injected. The pars interarticularis is a small thin portion of bone that could not be surgically addressed in such a fashion. ...Read more

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I'm 31-year-old male fractured spine L3 fused L4-L5 metal bars in his back would be good for me go back to work should I asked my doctor?

I'm 31-year-old male fractured spine L3 fused L4-L5 metal bars in his back would be good for me go back to work should I asked my doctor?

Ask doctor: By all means ask the doctor caring for you. In consideration are what your job involves and how well healed you are and what physical limitations this has left you with. ...Read more

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Is jumping bad for a L5 pars fracture? I am 22 and very active plus love to workout, do triathlons, and obstacle course races. Is it ok to do these?

Is jumping bad for a L5 pars fracture? I am 22 and very active plus love to workout, do triathlons, and obstacle course races. Is it ok to do these?

See your ORS: Apparrently you have been recently diagnosed w/ spondylisis bilaterally. You have no spondylolisthesis @ this point.I have or have seen many patients w/ spondylolysis most all(90+%) do well.May be a good idea for you to see your ors or get another opinion and ask your surgeon who has examined you and seen your MRI to take it from here.You really cannot be treated over the internet..! good luck! ...Read more

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Fracture of L5 distal left transverse process. Am i limited to what type of excersise? Can i go until pain prevents it. I am an accomplished skier .

Depends: Once healed, which can take 4-6 weeks, you should be fine to do activities including skiing assuming you have no pain or dysfunction. The most important step is to make sure you are closely monitored and cleared by your physician before engaging in any activities. ...Read more

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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