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I have osteophytes in my lumbar spine along with mild scoliosis. What's the prognosis for something like this?

I have osteophytes in my lumbar spine along with mild scoliosis. What's the prognosis for something like this?

That depends more on: Other factors including: smoking status, body weight, exercise routine and your family history of arthritis/spine issues. A mild scoliosis usually is not a factor and osteophytes are typical findings as we age. So by themselves, the mild scoliosis and osteophytes do not predict any prognosis. ...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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My chiro xray shows lateral pelvic tilt & (as a result) curve in lumbar spine. Doc said the curvature in the spine is NOT scoliosis. How is it not?

My chiro xray shows lateral pelvic tilt & (as a result) curve in lumbar spine. Doc said the curvature in the spine is NOT scoliosis. How is it not?

Depends on details: The presence of a tilt on an X-ray does not necessarily mean scoliosis. There can be positional curves which show up on imaging that have to do with either posture or muscular tension. Scoliosis represents a curvature to the spine which reflects an abnormality of how the bones interact with each other. This difference can be subtle. A trained radiologist can tell the difference. ...Read more

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Unsure of lumbar spine xray report meaning? Five lumbar-like segments are seen with preservation of the outlines of the pedicles. Mild narrowing of the disc spaces is seen from L1 through L4 with minimal endplate irregularity. Greater unevenness is seen a

Of : Of course i don't know what prompted you to get the xray. The report sounds like you have some degenerative disease (spine arthritis, effects of aging) . The loss of height is most likely due to what is called compression fracture. This is when the vetebral body collapses somewhat usually due to trauma or osteoporosis. It can also happen in people who have cancer with metastatic changes to the bones. If your doctor feels that your pain (if you have it) is due to the compression fractures, this condition can often be treated by interventional radiologists with a procedure called vertebroplasty. ...Read more

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I got my lumbar spine MRI which says, L4-5, Disk bulge is noted impinging on the anterior thecal sac near the exiting nerve roots. There is mild face?

I got my lumbar spine MRI which says, L4-5, Disk bulge is noted impinging on the anterior thecal sac near the exiting nerve roots.  There is mild face?

Mild Facet joint : I think you meant to type (Facet Joint ) not Face. Lumbar MRI evaluate the facet joints and can show degenerative changes ( fluid in joint, or hyper trophy which is enlargement ) and these changes can narrow the spinal canal and / or neural foramen narrowing ( where nerve exit the spine. ...Read more

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MY MRI of lumbar spine.Mild right sacroilitis with subchondral sclerosis with fatty bone marrow. NO significant joint effusioneffusion .means ?

MY MRI of lumbar spine.Mild right sacroilitis with subchondral sclerosis with fatty bone marrow. NO significant joint effusioneffusion .means ?

See below: Sacroiliitis is inflammation of your sacroiliac joints (where the sacrum meets the pelvis). Subchondral sclerosis means there are chronic changes along the margins of those bones as well. Fatty bone marrow is a normal finding. The findings listed above are commonly seen and can be seen in patients with and without back pain. Lack of joint effusion usually means that the inflammation is limited. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some tips or info on lumbar spine disc problems?

Can you tell me some tips or info on lumbar spine disc problems?

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. ...Read more

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Scoliosis (Definition)

Scoliosis is a condition where patients have an abnormal curvature of ...Read more

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