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Should cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots be given while healing from multiple transverse process fractures? What would be a better treatment to try first?

Should cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots be given while healing from multiple transverse process fractures? What would be a better treatment to try first?

Talk to doctor: You need to find why it is needed. Sometimes cortisone shot is used to reduce the acute inflammation which may cause too much discomfort. At other times it is used to slow down the healing process which may lead to excessive scarring. This is not my specialty and thus you need to discuss this issue with your own doctor ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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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How long will it take to heal from transverse process fracture of lumbar 2&3?

How long will it take to heal from transverse process fracture of lumbar 2&3?

8-12 weeks: Fortunately, surgery is not needed for this fracture. They usually heal in 8-12 weeks. Good luck. ...Read more

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Just got injuried transverse process fracture lumbar. How long do I need to be testing fir?

Just got injuried transverse process fracture lumbar. How long do I need to be testing fir?

Not sure : I am not sure what you are asking but it takes many weeks to get over a transverse proscess fracture gradually ramp up activity and discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Five months since i suffered a transverse process fracture. Now I have stinging pains in my upper butt and lower back. What is this and treatment ?

Five months since i suffered a transverse process fracture.  Now I have stinging pains in my upper butt and lower back.  What is this and treatment ?

Possibly a sciatica: A sciatica is caused by an irritation of a nerve in the back that then can cause pain that runs into the buttock like you are describing. There are also potentially other causes as well. Usually a detailed history and exam can determine the cause, an MRI can be very helpful. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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If you have fractures in the lumbar region, what would be best treatment? It is very, very painful.

If you have fractures in the lumbar region, what would be best treatment? It is very, very painful.

Depends: Non displaced stress fractures are treated with bracing and time. Please note smoking an d nonsteroidals delay bone healing. If the fracture is displaced or you have neurological symptoms then surgery should be considered. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a compression fracture to lumbar vertebrae?

What is the best treatment for a compression fracture to lumbar vertebrae?

Depends: It depends on the type and location of the fracture and the age of the patient. Often times, wearing a brace and avoiding strenuous activities will allow a compression fracture to heal in younger patients. In the elderly, if these measures fail, a kyphoplasty may be an option. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a compression fracture of the 5th lumbar spine?

What is the treatment for a compression fracture of the 5th lumbar spine?

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

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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Broke three Transverse Process bones, compression Fracture of the T-11.wasn't informed About my back until months later. I have horrible pain. sugg???

Broke three Transverse Process bones, compression Fracture of the T-11.wasn't informed About my back until months later. I have horrible pain. sugg???

Interventions: Suggest a visit to a physiatrist, and initiate pain control and rehabilitation program. Physical therapy including flexibility and strength focus will yield stability but may take many months. ...Read more

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I fell down from motorbike and got minor fracture in right transverse process of L2 to L4 of vertebra. Due to which back pains. What's recovery time?

I fell down from motorbike and got minor fracture in right transverse process of L2 to L4 of vertebra. Due to which back pains. What's recovery time?

Long time: Those fractures are not minor it takes quite a bit of force to break off a transverse process it will take ~ 3 months for things to get pretty good. ...Read more

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L1,l2,l3 transverse process fracture, keep getting stabbing pains in left side of back. Nerve damage? Or somthing else? How long until no pain at all

L1,l2,l3 transverse process fracture, keep getting stabbing pains in left side of back. Nerve damage? Or somthing else? How long until no pain at all

It takes some trauma: 2 fracture verse processes, gut they R well vascularized by surrounding muscle, so heal fairly rapidly. The pain is always aggravated with movement but despite this they will heal. The pain gradually subsides, but when it's finally gone U will have a hard time pinpointing when it happened since it so slowly in going. ...Read more

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Fractured L3 transverse process 8 weeks ago.No pain 95% of time but lying down can have 'tweak'.If I start back horse riding now can I do more damage?

Fractured L3 transverse process 8 weeks ago.No pain 95% of time but lying down can have 'tweak'.If I start back horse riding now can I do more damage?

No. these heal no---: -MATTER WHAT U DO.TRY IT & IF IT HRTS, WAIT A FEW DAYS & HAVE @ IT AGAIN. EVENTUALLY THE PAIN WILL SUBSIDE. ...Read more

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Fell on concrete steps, fractured l2, 3, 4 transverse process. 2 days post injury and not one single bruise on my back, is this normal? I'm concerned.

Fell on concrete steps, fractured l2, 3, 4 transverse process. 2 days post injury and not one single bruise on my back, is this normal? I'm concerned.

Fracture: Mechanism of injury ; amount of energy will determine soft tissue damage. Perhaps you've just happened to have less soft tissue damage, contained deep to the superficial, more visible fascias layer. ...Read more

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Bad stinging pain across the bottom of my back started just on the right side a couple months after a transverse process fracture. What is this ?

Bad stinging pain across the bottom of my back started just on the right side a couple months after a transverse process fracture. What is this ?

Transverse process : Most transverse process fractures occur with muscle injury. The muscles will usually heal slower than bones. As activity is increased as you feel better, muscular strain causes pain. This type of pain will usually get better as the muscles acclimate to increased movement. ...Read more

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A few months ago i suffered a L3 transverse process fracture and have been having a stinging pain in my butt ever since. What is this and treatment?

Transverseprocess Fx: A transverse process fracture typically does not cause buttock pain. It mgiht be due to some soft tissue injury adjacent to it, or there might be something else... An MRI could exclude an occult disc herniation or other problem.... ...Read more

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L1-l2 transverse process fracture in July. pain went away no brace or PT was directed. In past three weeks extreme pain, how common is re injury. ?

L1-l2 transverse process fracture in July.  pain went away no brace or PT was directed. In past three weeks extreme pain, how common is re injury. ?

Uncommon: that type of injury usually results from a significant trauma. There was probably some soft tissue/ muscle/ ligament injury as well. There could be some lingering damage to those tissues such as scar tissue to account for the pain. Should resolve over time. ...Read more

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Bone windows reveal a fracture of the right transverse process of L1 what does this mean ?

Bone windows reveal a fracture of the right transverse process of L1 what does this mean ?

You have fracture: You have fracture of the transver process.The transverse process is part of the musculoskeletal system. The transverse process is a bony structure that protrudes from each side of the vertebrae, which means that there are two transverse processes connected to each vertebrae of the spine. These processes are responsible for attaching muscles and ligaments to the spinal column. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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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


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more