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Osteoporosis Of The Lumbar Spine
Are osteoporosis and cppd related? My lumbar spine t-score is -3.2 and I recently had a bad episode of cppd at base of thumb.
Cppd and osteoporosi: Not they are not related.Get a more detailed answer ›
My mother have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, loss of lumbar lordosis and early degenerative changes in lumbar spine. What are the treatments?
Physical therapy: Depending on the bone density scan, she may need treatment with calcium, vitamin D, a bisphosphonate like alendronate to stabilize her bone density. Physical therapy and daily exercise with weights are recommended. Discuss with your doctor. For pain, OTC Meds like alive and ibuprofen are helpful. She should also address any risk factors for falls as there is a greater risk of hip or back fracture. ...Read more
Decrease in: The normal curvature of the lower back which places disproportionate amount of force on the lower lumbar disks and joints leading to accelerated degeneration of these structures compared to ones with a normal curvature. ...Read more
Physical therapy: After a lumbar spine fusion with instrumentation, most patients are mobilized within a day or two. They progress with physical therapy. The incisions are usually healed within a week. Ultimately, the fusion needs to become solid. This may take about 3 months. During that time physical therapy is key in getting the patient moving and overcoming the pain from surgery which can be significant. ...Read more
Pinched nerve: The answer depends on the meaning of the pinched nerve. I need further information to comment on this. A complete neurological exam is necessary to make sure there is no ruptured disc or other symptoms like pain radiating to legs. If it means simple low back due to muscle spasm, then simple stretches, ibuprofen, and moist heat may help. But I need further medical information regarding pinch nerve. ...Read more
Depends if they are: Causing problems. A study of asymptomatic patients (no pain or other issues) showed that roughly 40% have bulging or mildly herniated discs and no issues. You may want to be more careful and work on core strengthening to help support those discs. Exercise, hydrate, and keep in shape and as long as you don't notice symptoms, you may just be part of that 40%! ...Read more
Rehabiliatation: Most hyper-extension lumbar injuries respond with conservative measures, including anti-inflammatory meds, therapy, and time. Sometimes bone injury, such as spondylolysis, can occur which may require more aggressive treatments sometimes years after the initial injury. ...Read more
Usually 3: A front or AP view, a side view, and a side view where the lumbar spine connects to the sacrum. ...Read more
See below: A posterolateral lumbar fusion involves fusing the spine over the transverse processes and the lateral aspect if the facets. Check out spine-health. Com for videos and more information. ...Read more
Stretch: Stretch exercise can help. You can learn this type of exercises from a physical therapist, physician, trainer, yoga instructor. Be prudent. Warming up helps. If an exercise is particularly uncomfortable, do not do it. When starting any new exercise, ease into it. Some soreness is natural at the beginning, but it should not be terribly painful. Some stiffness is part of the natural aging process. ...Read more
This means wear and: Tear changes of the disc with aging but can be associated with a family history, spine injury, obesity, smoking and being deconditioned. Sometimes, this can lead to back pain similar to an arthritic condition. Over time, it can lead to a narrowing of the spinal canal &/or nerve root exit holes (foramen) leading to spinal stenosis which can cause nerve compression leading to symptoms or signs. ...Read more
Continuing from last question I have levoscoliosis in lower lumbar spine. Any suggestions on what I need to do?
Depends: This depends on age, size of curve, and your symptoms. ...Read more
I have osteopenia in lumbar spine. Been having low back discomfort and an odd tingly feeling at times. Is it from the osteopenia?
Osteopenia: No. Osteopenia/osteoporosis are painless. Unless, of course, there is a fracture that occurs. Based upon your age, back pain is likely muscular unless there are sensations down the leg. Muscular back pain is treated nonsurgically with nsaid's, ice/heat, salonpas hot patches, and pilates/yoga/piyo. If round 1 doesn't work, you'll need a doctor's rx for mckenzie pt and/or any studies performed. ...Read more
Is there a way to find the underlying cause to my hyothyroidism? Very healthy til last yr had lumbar/spine accident 1 thing after the next went wrong.
Local pressure at top of lumbar spine. Seems to be getting worse. No pain. Just a feeling of localized pressure right on my spine. Neuro just shrugged?
Check it out: If your neurologist has clearned you, it should be ok to go and get an evaluation form a chiropractor. They can solve many issues. ...Read more
It varies: For many folks it is painless. It is simply part of the aging process. Depending on your genes, some degeneration begins during the teen years; everyone has some by the mid 60s. In other folks, spondylosis can be associated with pain, stiffness, nerve compression and symptoms like leg pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, trouble walking, even trouble controlling the bladder or bowels. ...Read more
Paraspinal muscles position the spine. Keeping these healthy reduces arthritis, disc and nerve (radiculopathy) problems.
I have severe lumbar arthritis, Not getting surgery. I do core strengthening and flexibility exercises every day.
Google exercises on core muscular strengthening, low back mobility, hamstring stretching.
Then do the exercises as often as needed. Every day is not too often. ...Read more
Overlapped??: An "overlapping" lumbar spine is not a recognized diagnosis. Whomever suggested this is likely not a physician. If you have a symptomatic problem with your lumbar spine see an orthopaedic surgeon or start by seeing your pcp. ...Read more
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
A few diagnosis can: Relate to lumbar spine straightening. The most common is paraspinal or ilipsoas spasms are the most common cause. Other issues can be related as well, including postural issues, inflammatory issues such as ankylosing spondylitis, or sacral issues that can lead to lumbar straitening. Hope that helps! ...Read more
Annular tear: The disk is made of two types of cartilage: a softer inner nucleus pulposis and a fibrous stiffer annulus fibrosis. As we age, the connective tissue of the body dries out and becomes stiffer, producing wrinkles and bulges in our skin- parts of our body sag and bulge as we age, including disks. Annular fissures or tears are asymptomatic cracks in disks, a weak spot where a disk might herniate. ...Read more
Maybe: I've seen people with terrible looking MRI have no pain at all. Pain is a relative and subjective thing, so yes it can cause lots of pain, or may cause no pain at all. It's best to stay active, build your muscles up with a supervised program so your bones will be supported better. ...Read more
Facet or lysis: Pain caused by extension or arching of the back is often caused by elements of the spine called facet joints. Irritation of these joints or a stress fracture nearby could cause these symptoms. If associated with a shooting pain into the legs, then there could also be nerve irritation. To minimize pain, avoid extension and try otc meds as tolerated. See our doc if pain persists. ...Read more