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Lumbar spine X-ray show only some disc space narrowing at L3 - L5 , what does it mean ?

Lumbar spine X-ray show only some disc space narrowing at L3 - L5  ,  what does it mean ?

Wear and tear: Generally, as we age, the size of the disks between our vertebrae gets smaller with the effects of gravity and use. On the x-ray it looks like the distance between the bones is closer than at other levels. Generally you can't really attribute any symptoms to this finding, although if the doctor was suspicious of a ruptured fisk, this would bolster the case for an mri. ...Read more

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Lumbar (Definition)

The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more


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Can a lower back (lumbar spine) X-ray (with a shield in place) alter sperm in a way which could lead to birth defects if the X-ray was taken shortly (days) before conception?

Can a lower back (lumbar spine) X-ray (with a shield in place) alter sperm in a way which could lead to birth defects if the X-ray was taken shortly (days) before conception?

Not likely: Radiation from xrays are usually all or none. So either the sperm (or egg) is affected and dies or it has no affect at all. ...Read more

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What can someone do about spondylolythesis & bursitis (x-ray lumbar spine results)?

What can someone do about spondylolythesis & bursitis (x-ray lumbar spine results)?

Conservative care: Spondylolisthesis refers to slipped vertebrae, which can typically be treated with PT, meds, and injections, and only if necessary - surgery. Bursitis is not a typical diagnosis for the lumbar spine, but usually can be treated with anti-inflammatory meds and, if necessary, steroid injections. ...Read more

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X-ray of lumbar spine shows atherosclerotic plaque in aorta.Lipids, LFT'S, A1C OK w/meds - trigs slightly up.Does this plaque guarantee future problem

X-ray of lumbar spine shows atherosclerotic plaque in aorta.Lipids, LFT'S, A1C OK w/meds - trigs slightly up.Does this plaque guarantee future problem

Atherosclerosis: Just about everyone your age would have atheromatous plaques in their aortas..these plaques become dangerous when they get eroded, blood clots form at the eroded surface and parts of them break off and travel to distant sites (emboli) or the wall of the aorta becomes very weak and baggy (aneurysm). These are the complications that raise doctor's alarm ...Read more

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What is spinal stenosis and what causes it? I have it in my cervical and lumbar spine. My 15 yr old just had X-ray show it around l5s1. Causes?

What is spinal stenosis and what causes it? I have it in my cervical and lumbar spine. My 15 yr old just had  X-ray show it around l5s1. Causes?

Cervical stenosis: Causes: -narrowing of cervical spinal canal -associated other predisposing factors -congenital cervical fusions -ligamentous instability -intervertebral disc disease. ...Read more

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Hi, I have had left hip and back pain for 8 years this time X-ray showed micro fractures in the lumbar spine but the MRI nothing except for gallstones?

Hi, I have had left hip and back pain for 8 years this time X-ray showed micro fractures in the lumbar spine but the MRI nothing except for gallstones?

Fractures : Fractures will cause pain and any nerves that pass that level can have pain. Best thing is rest and back strengthening exercises such as yoga. Remember the body tells us to stop with pain, we must listen to our body. Strengthening the muscles will help the bones from further injury. Proper diet is important as well. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Calf muscle and knee pain from4 mnths did doppler, X-ray for lumbar spine and blood test for vit B12 and D3 but evrything is normal also they r weak?

Calf muscle and knee pain from4  mnths did doppler, X-ray for lumbar spine and blood test for vit B12 and D3 but evrything is normal also they r weak?

May need more tests.: X-rays of the spine are useless unless there is a history of trauma. Vitamin tests do no tell you about your pains. Need more info. Did this occur after an injury, or change in activity? Are there bruises? Do you have corresponding tingling and numbness? It may be from your back, or it may be the knee, or it can be an auto immune thing like rheumatoid disease. Get evaluated. ...Read more

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Recent bone scintigrapy showed no hot spots other than my lumbar spine. Does this mean all my other joints are ok? X-rays have shown OA in many joints

Recent bone scintigrapy showed no hot spots other than my lumbar spine. Does this mean all my other joints are ok? X-rays have shown OA in many joints

Inflammation: Scintigraphy lights up to ID blood or fluid movements, infection, inflammation, and cancer and has many uses to identify structures and functional processes in different organ systems ...Read more

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What does minimal spondylitic changes at l3-4 on lumbar spine xray mean?

Very little- : Spondylitic changes are simply a way of describing normal degenerative changes or arthritis. While most people think of older people with this it is actually a normal finding that occurs to varying degrees between people. ...Read more

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