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Dr. Shawn Dalton-Bethea
Board Certified, Pain Management
15 years in practice
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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.

Dr. Shawn Dalton-Bethea
Board Certified, Pain Management
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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.

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? Tremor can be seen with Flexeril but it is RARE. Tremors usually occur with overdose of Flexeril. Is he taking any narcotics too for pain control? ...Read more

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Dr. Ward Dean
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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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


Dr. Brad Goldenberg
Board Certified, Pediatrics
31 years in practice
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Treatment 42 yr congenital scoliosis hemi vertebrae L4 has lead to osteoarthritis in lumbar, fractured pedicles, stenosis + degeneratIve discs L4 l5?

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Treatment  42 yr congenital scoliosis hemi vertebrae L4 has lead to osteoarthritis in lumbar, fractured pedicles, stenosis  + degeneratIve discs L4 l5?

See ortho spine doc: You may need reconstructive or supportive surgery to prevent nerve damage if you have more than one vertebral body affected by the osteoarthritis. If this is a congenital issue an ortho spine doctor would give you the best advice on how to proceed safely ...Read more

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Dr. Ward Dean
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Dr. Audie Rolnick
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
35 years in practice
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How long can it take to heal commpessed fractured verbre on L5 and what does it mean i don't have osteoporosis broke it lifting?

Dr. Audie Rolnick
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
35 years in practice
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How long can it take to heal commpessed fractured verbre on L5 and what does it mean i don't have osteoporosis broke it lifting?

Sounds strange: If the bone is normal there should not be a fx from lifting. Suggest an MRI to make sure the bone is completely normal. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
23 years in practice
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How to treat a fractured L4 and l5?

Dr. Kevin Vaught
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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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Dr. Jason Rudolph
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
23 years in practice
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I have fractured left side transverse process L1 to l5. How serious is my case? What is your suggestion for recovery?

Dr. Jason Rudolph
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I have fractured left side transverse process L1 to l5. How serious is my case? What is your suggestion for recovery?

At least 6 weeks: Fractures take at least 6 weeks to heal, then count on atleast 6 more weeks to regain the strength to the area. A transverse process fracutre is not a bad fracture, it does not arequire surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Guy Fogel
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
39 years in practice
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22 very active. Fractured my L5 pars 7 months ago and went misdiagnosed. 3 weeks ago left pars started hurting. Bone stim help? Or too late to heal?

Dr. Guy Fogel
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
39 years in practice
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22 very active. Fractured my L5 pars 7 months ago and went misdiagnosed. 3 weeks ago left pars started hurting. Bone stim help? Or too late to heal?

Brace and mag stim: A lumbar corset and perhaps a magnetic bone stimulator for three months may work. If non-surgical treatment fails and pain is a problem then a pars repair should heal the broken pars. ...Read more

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Dr. Sathish Modugu
Board Certified, Pain Management
27 years in practice
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33yr male w pars fractures on both sides of l5, pain from L5 root nerve, facet injections and epi did not help, how do I know if I need surgery?High pain

Dr. Sathish Modugu
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33yr male w pars fractures on both sides of l5, pain from L5 root nerve, facet injections and epi did not help, how do I know if I need surgery?High pain

See below: Failure of conservative treatment is an indication for surgery. If you cannot live with the pain or have weakness, surgical options would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Dr. Douglas Linville II
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
25 years in practice
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How serious is L5 fractured verabre along with 2 herniated disc have to take a veryo g drive-1200 miles a tithing i can do to make it less painf?

Dr. Douglas Linville II
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
25 years in practice
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How serious is  L5  fractured verabre  along with 2 herniated disc have to take a veryo g drive-1200 miles a tithing i can do to make it less painf?

Many variables: Low lumbar fractures rarely require surgery if traumatic. If from osteoporosis, not serious but likely going to be painful. As healing progresses past 3 months, 70% will be healed. Discs don't do well with sitting, so sciatica could also be an issue. Take breaks, some nsaids salonpas hot. Consider seeing doc for steroids before trip. Epidural could be preventative. Dosepak on hand as backup. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
49 years in practice
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What will cause premature ejaculation in a 31 year old male thyroid removed fractured L4 L3 L5 spin ?

Dr. Peter Ihle
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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What will cause premature ejaculation in a 31 year old male thyroid removed fractured L4 L3 L5 spin ?

If U R on adequate-: -replacement, not the cause even low or high thyroid levels would have no effect. Also compression fractures would have the opposite effect due 2 pain. C Ur PCP & look for the cause. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Harvey
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
29 years in practice
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Can a 31 year old male go back to work when he fractured L3 fused L4 L5 spine work normal movement and ?

Dr. Charles Harvey
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
29 years in practice
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Can a 31 year old male go back to work  when he fractured L3 fused L4 L5 spine work normal movement and ?

Hopefully: After healing, the bone should get back to normal strength. Recovery from a spine fracture and back surgery depends on the degree of injury, your own healing process, determination in rehabilitation, luck, and what type of work and activity you are trying to get back to!! I have patients who have returned to full normal activity in physically demanding jobs, but others were not able to. Good luck! ...Read more

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