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Lumbar Transverse Process Fracture Treatment
Should cortizone 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
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
If you have fractures in the lumbar region, what would be best treatment? It is very, very painful.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Treatment 42 yr congenital scoliosis hemi vertebrae L4 has lead to osteoarthritis in lumbar, fractured pedicles, stenosis + degeneratIve discs L4 l5?
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
I fractured a transverse process a little over a month ago, I have started walking and biking, when will it be safe for me to lift weights again?
Fracture: The transverse processes are the little wings that stick out from the side of the lumbar vertebra. Small muscles attach to them. Any fracture takes 6-12 weeks to heal. Sometimes these little parts of the bone don't heal back normally, but this is rarely a problem. I recommend my patients to hold off on heavy lifting for 6-8 weeks after an injury like this. ...Read more
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
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
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