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2 herniated discs, l4-s1, annular tears, osteoarthritis, leg pain& numbness, sharp shooting pain down leg into foot. Questions for back surgeon?

2 herniated discs, l4-s1, annular tears, osteoarthritis, leg pain& numbness, sharp shooting pain down leg into foot. Questions for back surgeon?

Answer: If the pain, weakness and or numbness cannot be controlled with pain medication, stretching exercises, and other nonoperative management, i recommend you see a spine specialist for further recommendations. Severe pain, bowel/bladder incontinence, sudden change in sensation/motor function may require emergent evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
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Braces (Definition)

"braces" are specialized orthodontic appliances used to correct malocclusions or inccorrect bites. Braces components include brackets (glued on to the front of the tooth), wires, and possibly bands around the molar teeth. They are generally made of stainless steel, but can be made of ceramic, plastic, titanium, or even gold plated. Invisalign is an alternative ...Read more


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Ankle arthritis - would an ankle brace help?

Ankle arthritis - would an ankle brace help?

Could Help: A brace could help reduce motion. I would also consider an afo, ankle foot orthosis or arizona brace. Cortisone injections can help. Surgery in the form of a fusion as a last resort. ...Read more

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Tibia knee fracture healed MRI clear still knee pain anf pain when bending knee. When standing leg not straight ?

Tibia knee fracture healed MRI clear still knee pain anf pain when bending knee. When standing leg not straight ?

Nerve injury: Knee injuries may be associated with nerve damage at times which is quite painful- many people guard their knees (avoid use due to fear of pain) and may develop contraction deformities and adhesions which may explain your lack of range of motion. You may need to revisit with your surgeon or seek expert opinion with pain specialist. ...Read more

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Valgus knees, patellar tendinitis, Trouble walking, pain, swelling, PT helps a bit. What else can I do? orthopedic surgeon? MRI? Use crutches on trip?

Valgus knees, patellar tendinitis, Trouble walking, pain, swelling, PT helps a bit. What else can I do? orthopedic surgeon? MRI? Use crutches on trip?

Significant valgus -: -knees can cause patellar femoral stress syndrome. The force of the quadriceps tendon has a greater lateral force direction causing repeated lateral movement in the patella-femoral groove,& this causes wear of the lateral facet of the patella. You have lived with it 42 years so activity modification may help. See a fellowship trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeon for eval & Rec for treatment ...Read more

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Can orthopedic surgeon adjust subluxated rib?

Can orthopedic surgeon adjust subluxated rib?

That sounds like-: -DC diagnosis. If an injury caused a injury to the costo-chondral junction, a chest or thoracic surgeon would deal with it. ...Read more

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Opinion on recovery compression bands for bad knee pain?

Opinion on recovery compression bands for bad knee  pain?

Be careful: Knee pain in a patient of your age is usually caused by trauma, and not degenerative unless you have a genetic disposition to arthritis. If pain does not diminish significantly in a few days with self treatment, you need to go see a qualified Doctor for an evaluation. Compression bands that do not seem to reduce pain after a few days will not help. Untreated abnormalities can cause worse problems. ...Read more

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Will my leg cast help the ankle fracture pain?

Will my leg cast help the ankle fracture pain?

Should: Part of the pain one may experience is because there is movement around the segment that is fractured. Hence, immobilization restricts the movement and some pain relief is offered. Some ice behind your knee can possibly help as well, and if you need pain killers can be prescribed as well. ...Read more

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Do posture correctors or lumbar braces work for back pain?

Do posture correctors or lumbar braces work for back pain?

Not usually: The correct treatment for your back pain depends on the proper diagnosis as to what is causing your back pain. It can be muscular, a facet joint or alignment issue, SI joint issue, disc problem, arthritis, connective tissue disorder and others. A proper evaluation with appropriate imaging should help identify the cause and direct your provider to a proper course of treatment. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I twisted ankle outward stepping off curb. Xray revealed strain, got brace. Should see see orthopedist or podiatrist?

I twisted ankle outward stepping off curb. Xray revealed strain, got brace. Should see see orthopedist or podiatrist?

It is up to you: The treatment principles are the same. You want to find someone with whom you can establish a good rapport and feel confident with. Seek recommendations from family and friends that you trust. ...Read more

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Ankle pain, no injury. Start with heel pain on L, ankle, move to achilles, outer ankle bone, then L ankle can't bear weight. Then, R outer ankle bone?

Ankle pain, no injury. Start with heel pain on L, ankle,  move to achilles, outer ankle bone, then L ankle can't bear weight. Then, R outer ankle bone?

Pain: can be arthritis and compensating to other side causing pain. It is common issue with plantar fasciitis patient will favor the other side and then they get inflammation to the joint area ...Read more

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Does an ankle brace aid heel pain?

Does an ankle brace aid heel pain?

Not really: Unless you make the case that a more stable ankle can provide better biomechanical stability to foot and hence improve planatr fasciitis/heel pain. ...Read more

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Bauerfeind malleotrain plus ankle brace or aso flex-hinge brace, which is better for ankle spurs?

Bauerfeind malleotrain plus ankle brace or aso flex-hinge brace, which is better for ankle spurs?

Matter of preference: Where exactly are the spurs? Spurs sometimes depending on the location have little to do with pain and other times are the primary reason. In the after cases it may be recommended they be shaven down. ...Read more

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Should I wear a knee brace after ACL injury?

Should I wear a knee brace after ACL injury?

Ask your ortopedic: doctor. Depends on the injury and the orthopedic's preference. ...Read more

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