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Will a previous lumbar fracture cause spinal stenosis in the future?

Will a previous lumbar fracture cause spinal stenosis in the future?

Sometimes: A prior lumbar fracture can cause spinal stenosis if some of the fracture fragments get pushed into the spinal canal where the nerves are. Usually the fracture will cause stenosis acutely around the time of the fracture and not usually in the distant future. However, some fractures can result in delayed stenosis and should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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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Degenerative disc disease with bilateral neural foraminal narrowing with spinal canal narrowing and spinal cord impingement at L2-L3(9mm) with neurofibroma-will these conditions be treated without any surgry?

Degenerative disc disease with bilateral neural foraminal narrowing with spinal canal narrowing and spinal cord impingement at L2-L3(9mm) with neurofibroma-will these conditions be treated without any surgry?

Tricky: first, if there are signs of nerve damage (strength, sensation, changes in control of bowel or bladder) then surgery is indicated. Then.... 1-10% of the population has lumbar disk disease and surgery is not generally done and doesn't have that good of an effect when it is. Neurofibroma in spine complicates things. A Lot. It's a growing benign tumor and surgery might spread it. Radiation therapy. ...Read more

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Spondylolisrhesis grade 2/completely unstable, stress fracture impediment of nerves herniated disc? What can happen if no fusion?

Spondylolisrhesis grade 2/completely unstable, stress fracture impediment of nerves herniated disc? What can happen if no fusion?

Continued pain: If unstable, a fusion is recommended. If not, you likely will continue to have problems. Check out Spine-health.com. ...Read more

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Please explain.Spinal stenosis and neural foraminal stenosis, inferior cervical spine due to posteriordisc osteophyten complex formation, uncovertebral?

Please explain.Spinal stenosis and neural foraminal stenosis, inferior cervical spine due to posteriordisc osteophyten complex  formation, uncovertebral?

Cervical narrowing: Age appropriate changes of a settling cervical spine causing bone spurs and crowding of nerves in neck may cause arm pain and numbess in fingers small and ring with or without neck pain. ...Read more

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Can lateral recess stenosis be corrected without a spinal fusion?

Can lateral recess stenosis be corrected without a spinal fusion?

Yes, decompression: If the cause of the lateral recess stenosis is purely due to something compressing the nerve, like a disc or bone spurs it can be treated with a decompressive laminectomy or hemilaminectomy. However, if the cause is instability of the spinal segment, it should be fused. Also, if there is severe back pain associated with it, your surgeon may suggest to fuse as well. ...Read more

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Compressed right ventral cord @ C4/5 due to disc protrusion. Spinal column 9mm. Severe bilateral foraminal stenosis. Pain. Risks to forgoing surgery?

Compressed right ventral cord @ C4/5 due to disc protrusion. Spinal column 9mm. Severe bilateral foraminal stenosis. Pain. Risks to forgoing surgery?

C4/5 surgery risks: Compressed right ventral cord @ C4/5 due to disc protrusion. Spinal column 9mm. Severe bilateral foraminal stenosis. Pain. Risks to forgoing surgery? ANS: Only you and your team in LA can properly assess risks and benefits of surgery vs watchful waiting in you. You may want to get second opinion as well. Sounds serious to me though. So work with them now. ...Read more

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How common is it for a 42 female to have canal stenosis cervical radiculopathy nerve root impingement herniated discs forimanal narrowing?

How common is it for a 42 female to have canal stenosis cervical radiculopathy nerve root impingement herniated discs forimanal narrowing?

I would say that: for most people, by the time we reach 40, we are going to find something "wrong" in their spine, degenerative changes, etc. Wear and tear is part of life. However, whenever these changes lead to radiculopathy, this is a different type of pain. ...Read more

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28 year old female with spinal stenosis, 2 lumbar disc herniations and severe sciatica accompanied with conjoined lumbosacral nerve roots, need help!?

28 year old female with spinal stenosis, 2 lumbar disc herniations and severe sciatica accompanied with conjoined lumbosacral nerve roots, need help!?

Pain doc: Should be able to help. An interventional pain doc can offer you some simple, safe relief from the pain you must feel. Find a pain fellowship program near you. http://www.spinalinjection.org/?page=instructors;hhsearchterms=%22pain+and+doctor%22. ...Read more

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Is facial para thesis related to cervicle disk herniation with cord compression?

Is facial para thesis related to cervicle disk herniation with cord compression?

Facial Numbness: Causes of numbness in the face the facial nerve, which is cranial nerve vii, controls facial expression with 7 thousand individual nerve fibers to the facial muscles. Many disorders, conditions and diseases can interrupt the function of the nerve fibers and cause numbness. ...Read more

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Does lordosis predispose someone to congenital lateral recess stenosis?

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Strictly speaking, "congenital" means that you were born with it. However, I would say if you were born with congenital lateral recess stenosis and developed excessive lordosis as an adult, then you could be more prone to developing symptoms like back pain. Hope this helps ...Read more

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Mri test shows loss of spinal height & signal spinal stenosis narrowing of spinal canal diffused disc bluge in contact with thecal sac neural formina narrowed bilatery what treatment do you recommend?

See a spine surgeon,: Who depending on your symptoms and response to the medication, will have you go through a course of epidural shots (steroids) or might advise to enlarge the narrowed (stenosis) canal, to take pressure off the cord or the nerves. Good luck. ...Read more

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No acute fracture, reversal of the usual cervical lordosis centered at c4-5. Previous c5-6 acdf without hardware or fracture. There is incomplete oss?

Loss cerv lordosis: Loss of cervical lordosis is more likely a result of the condition requiring fusion, and post surgical, changes. Why is there a concern re failure to fuse? What are the symptoms? If it is loss of pre surgical anatomy, then no work up is needed, but a ct can diagnose this easily if other problem are present. ...Read more

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Had an MRI and dont understand results. "large posterior disk extrusion contacting the anterior spinal cord and causing severe spinal canal stenosis.

Had an MRI and dont understand results.  "large posterior disk extrusion contacting the anterior spinal cord and causing severe spinal canal stenosis.

Spinal Stenosis: Did a doctor explain to you the results or did you just obtain a copy? In general you have a protruding disc (not sure if neck or back) that is impinging on the spinal canal and resulting in narrowing of the canal. I would imagine you are having pain, weakness, numbness? ...Read more

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ECG comparison changes inverted T-wave. I had spinal injury before the 1st ECG cervical thoracic Lumbosacral neuritis. Is it Related to spine or CNS?

ECG comparison changes inverted T-wave. I had spinal injury before the 1st ECG cervical thoracic Lumbosacral neuritis. Is it Related to spine or CNS?

Yes possibly: It is well documented that there is a whole gamut of ST/T changes that can occur in the setting of CNS injury, ranging from subtle ST Changes, sinus arrhythmia/sinus tachycardia, etc. IF you have risk factors for CAD, and are having chest pain/pressure, then see a cradiologist sooner than later. ...Read more

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Posterior cervical fusion which resulted in misplaced screw abutting vetebral artery. Surgeons recommend not to remove, may cause bleeding.

Posterior cervical fusion which resulted in misplaced screw abutting vetebral artery. Surgeons recommend not to remove, may cause bleeding.

Complex descicion: Removing may very well be riskier than leaving it bleeding from the vert can be life threatening and of course stroke is ever present danger. Cerebral endovascular work has made recent great advancements you might ask interventionslist on the stroke team esp if there is a neuro surgeon on the team with cerebral endovascular experience if they have ...Read more

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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


Stricture (Definition)

A stricture is an anatomic narrowing of any structure in the body with a lumen. Depending on the organ, the underlying causes can be traumatic, ...Read more