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Rotoscoliosis Of The Lumbar Spine
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
Would like to know what does this mean in a report - LUMBAR SPINE CURVATURE IS LOST - PARASPINAL SPASM, &SCOLIOSIS WITH CONVEXITY TO LEFT IS SEEN?
Would like to know what does this mean in a report - LUMBAR SPINE CURVATURE IS LOST - PARASPINAL SPASM, &
SCOLIOSIS WITH CONVEXITY TO LEFT IS SEEN?
Malalignment: Normally when you look at the low back of a person from the side there is a small curve known as lordosis. When this curve is reduced or straightened it can be from muscle spasm which tends to straighten out the normal curves in the spine. When you look from the back, the spine is normally straight, but in scoliosis it is curved. It may take an MRI to determine the cause of your condition. ...Read more
Xray - "straightened lumbar spine, likely secondary to muscle spasm. Mid lumbar scoliosis." what can you suggest for her? She's been having back pains
Moist heat, NSAIDs : This x-ray report suggests that this young patient is having muscular lbp w/ secondary muscle spasms which can 'reverse' the normal lordosis of the lumbar spine and cause it to straighten... Esp.W/ non- standing x-rays. Heat, Ibuprofen , gentle massage, and avoidance of aggravating activities can be helpful the first week or so. If symptoms persist consider seeing an orthopedist. Good luck! ...Read more
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?
Stop seeing chiro: Why are you confused?. This just proves Chiro's can't read X-rays!! Why would you think they could. ? heck, Most MD s can't read X-rays. . If concerned, Only a radiologist should read your X-rays. They spend years learning to read them. Are you having symptoms. ? Or is the chiro just coming up with a reason to recommend a year of monthly 'treatments' Be careful and watch your wallet ...Read more
Degree of scoliosis is 5 in lower thoracic & 7 in mid lumbar spine. Should i get a brace/treatment? I'm 24yr/old woman.I've consistent back pain tho.
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
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
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
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