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2/12 ago fractured transverse process of L1, 2, 3 with the that of L2 being shattered still having sharp pain at L2 dermatome. How long to settle?

2/12 ago fractured transverse process of L1, 2, 3 with the that of L2 being shattered still having sharp pain at L2 dermatome. How long to settle?

Need to image: The pain should have decreased substantially by 3-4 weeks if simple healing was proceeding, but wonder if more has occurred. Would definitely get both MRI and CAT scan of area to ascertain bone fragments and even a problem with disc rupture in area. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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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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Fell on concrete steps, fractured l2, 3, 4 transverse process. 2 days post injury and not one single bruise on my back, is this normal? I'm concerned.

Fell on concrete steps, fractured l2, 3, 4 transverse process. 2 days post injury and not one single bruise on my back, is this normal? I'm concerned.

Fracture: Mechanism of injury ; amount of energy will determine soft tissue damage. Perhaps you've just happened to have less soft tissue damage, contained deep to the superficial, more visible fascias layer. ...Read more

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Bad stinging pain across the bottom of my back started just on the right side a couple months after a transverse process fracture. What is this?

Transverse process: Most transverse process fractures occur with muscle injury. The muscles will usually heal slower than bones. As activity is increased as you feel better, muscular strain causes pain. This type of pain will usually get better as the muscles acclimate to increased movement. ...Read more

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Fractured L3 transverse process 8 weeks ago. No pain 95% of time but lying down can have 'tweak'.If I start back horse riding now can I do more damage?

No. These heal no---: -MATTER WHAT U DO. TRY IT & IF IT HRTS, WAIT A FEW DAYS & HAVE @ IT AGAIN. EVENTUALLY THE PAIN WILL SUBSIDE. ...Read more

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What is transverse process fracture of l2&l3 how long to heal?

What is transverse process fracture of l2&l3 how long to heal?

These are Fx of the: Side arms (so as to speak) of the vertebral body. They heal rather well, and do not require any specific treatment as such. They usually heal in 6-10 weeks. ...Read more

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One year after I fractured my L3 L4 transverse process I am having numbness and weakness in left leg. Is this a small problem or should I worry?

One year after I fractured my L3 L4 transverse process I am having numbness and weakness in left leg. Is this a small problem or should I worry?

Worry: Your symptoms indicate that you likely have a radiculopathy, which means a nerve root to your leg is not functioning correctly. This could be caused by a herniated disc caused by your injury, a piece of bone (either a piece of broken bone or a bone spur) or even a shift of the bones you injured (called spondylolisthesis) with respect to one another. See a board certified spine specialist. ...Read more

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Fracture of L5 distal left transverse process. Am I limited to what type of excersise? Can I go until pain prevents it. I am an accomplished skier.

Fracture of L5 distal left transverse process. Am I limited to what type of excersise? Can I go until pain prevents it. I am an accomplished skier.

Depends: Once healed, which can take 4-6 weeks, you should be fine to do activities including skiing assuming you have no pain or dysfunction. The most important step is to make sure you are closely monitored and cleared by your physician before engaging in any activities. ...Read more

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I have fractured left side transverse process L1 to l5. How serious is my case? What is your suggestion for recovery?

Not serious: Thankfully transverse process fractures do not affect the stability of the spine nor the nerve canal, so they are not serious and do well. They can be quite painful because they are the site of insertion of some of the muscles that extend the spine. 8-12 weeks is the typical healing time. ...Read more

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What is a "right C7 transverse process fracture and 1st rib fracture"?

What is a "right C7 transverse process fracture and 1st rib fracture"?

Trauma: Cervical spine 7 th lateral portion of vertebrae

first thoracic rib
are near each other
takes a lot to break these- tough bones. ...Read more

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How long will it take to heal from transverse process fracture of lumbar 2&3?

8-12 weeks: Fortunately, surgery is not needed for this fracture. They usually heal in 8-12 weeks. Good luck. ...Read more

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Just got injuried transverse process fracture lumbar. How long do I need to be testing fir?

Not sure: I am not sure what you are asking but it takes many weeks to get over a transverse proscess fracture
gradually ramp up activity and discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are options for transverse process fracture in l1&l2 that have not healed after one year? Caused by traumatic fall

A couple options: If no pain, nothing. Live with the a symptomatic nonunion. If it's bothersome, and confirmed that the pain is not from another source, then they can excise the fragment. I'd try pt and low back strengthening before going to that length though. ...Read more

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I fell down from motorbike and got minor fracture in right transverse process of L2 to L4 of vertebra. Due to which back pains. What's recovery time?

I fell down from motorbike and got minor fracture in right transverse process of L2 to L4 of vertebra. Due to which back pains. What's recovery time?

Long time: Those fractures are not minor it takes quite a bit of force to break off a transverse process

it will take ~ 3 months for things to get pretty good. ...Read more

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L1-l2 transverse process fracture in July. Pain went away no brace or PT was directed. In past three weeks extreme pain, how common is re injury.?

L1-l2 transverse process fracture in July. Pain went away no brace or PT was directed. In past three weeks extreme pain, how common is re injury.?

Uncommon: That type of injury usually results from a significant trauma. There was probably some soft tissue/ muscle/ ligament injury as well. There could be some lingering damage to those tissues such as scar tissue to account for the pain. Should resolve over time. ...Read more

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I fractured my L3 transverse process, I'm a fit and well athlete, how long is the general recovery for such an injury?

I fractured my L3 transverse process, I'm a fit and well athlete, how long is the general recovery for such an injury?

Usually caused by-: -sig trauma, so the Fx is of no concern, depends on how tough U R. But the damage that come with the injury may Bmore restrictive. It only muscle strain & pain is the limiting factor. ...Read more

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I fractured a transverse process a little over a month ago, I have started walking and biking, when will it be safe for me to lift weights again?

I fractured a transverse process a little over a month ago, I have started walking and biking, when will it be safe for me to lift weights again?

Fracture: The transverse processes are the little wings that stick out from the side of the lumbar vertebra. Small muscles attach to them. Any fracture takes 6-12 weeks to heal. Sometimes these little parts of the bone don't heal back normally, but this is rarely a problem. I recommend my patients to hold off on heavy lifting for 6-8 weeks after an injury like this. ...Read more

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Broke three Transverse Process bones, compression Fracture of the T-11.wasn't informed About my back until months later. I have horrible pain. Sugg???

Broke three Transverse Process bones, compression Fracture of the T-11.wasn't informed About my back until months later. I have horrible pain. Sugg???

Interventions: Suggest a visit to a physiatrist, and initiate pain control and rehabilitation program. Physical therapy including flexibility and strength focus will yield stability but may take many months. ...Read more

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Bone windows reveal a fracture of the right transverse process of L1 what does this mean?

Bone windows reveal a fracture of the right transverse process of L1 what does this mean?

You have fracture: You have fracture of the transver process. The transverse process is part of the musculoskeletal system. The transverse process is a bony structure that protrudes from each side of the vertebrae, which means that there are two transverse processes connected to each vertebrae of the spine. These processes are responsible for attaching muscles and ligaments to the spinal column. ...Read more

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Yesterday I sustained a transverse process fracture of L2 and L3 and possibly L1. When can I start horseback riding again?

6-8 weeks: Fractures usually take 6-8 weeks to become stable. Tranverse process fractures are inherently stable but will cause pain when active. Therefore in order to ride horseback without pain it is best to wait until you are mostly pain free which is usually around 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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Ct scan Fractured l1-l4 transverse process, showed an enlarged surahilar lymph gland 19x20mm & low density non specific nodule, what does this mean?

Ct scan Fractured l1-l4 transverse process, showed an enlarged surahilar lymph gland 19x20mm & low density non specific nodule, what does this mean?

Hilar Nodes: The CT scan is a very sensitive test and when they scanned your back, they are seeing Lymph nodes. This is supra hilar of what location, your lesion is unclear. D/W MD that ordered it, they are calling is nonspecific. May not mean much and at best can be followed in some time with a repeat imaging. ...Read more

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L1, l2, l3 transverse process fracture, keep getting stabbing pains in left side of back. Nerve damage? Or somthing else? How long until no pain at all

L1, l2, l3 transverse process fracture, keep getting stabbing pains in left side of back. Nerve damage? Or somthing else? How long until no pain at all

It takes some trauma: 2 fracture verse processes, gut they R well vascularized by surrounding muscle, so heal fairly rapidly. The pain is always aggravated with movement but despite this they will heal. The pain gradually subsides, but when it's finally gone U will have a hard time pinpointing when it happened since it so slowly in going. ...Read more

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L2 L3 L4 transverse process fractures - 3 weeks ago after a fall from about 1.5m onto hard surface. Had X-ray and CT scan. Pain getting worse and afte?

Followup: You would certainly want to discuss with your treating physician. You may need more aggressive a ways to control your pain or you may need further workup to see if there is any other component to your injury. Isolated transverse process fractures can be painful, but thankfully do not affect the stability and so usually do real well at some point. ...Read more

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Should cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots be given while healing from multiple transverse process fractures? What would be a better treatment to try first?

Should cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots be given while healing from multiple transverse process fractures? What would be a better treatment to try first?

Talk to doctor: You need to find why it is needed. Sometimes cortisone shot is used to reduce the acute inflammation which may cause too much discomfort. At other times it is used to slow down the healing process which may lead to excessive scarring. This is not my specialty and thus you need to discuss this issue with your own doctor ...Read more

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Hello it's been 14 days since I have transverse fracture process. What kind of activities I can do right now? What's really happening and how to know

Hello it's been 14 days since I have transverse fracture process. What kind of activities I can do right now? What's really happening and how to know

Transverse fracture: ... is when the broken piece of bone is at a right angle to the bone's axis. However, you have not told us what bone (s) were broken--basic information needed to answer your question. ...Read more

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Five months since I suffered a transverse process fracture. Now I have stinging pains in my upper butt and lower back. What is this and treatment?

Five months since I suffered a transverse process fracture. Now I have stinging pains in my upper butt and lower back. What is this and treatment?

Possibly a sciatica: A sciatica is caused by an irritation of a nerve in the back that then can cause pain that runs into the buttock like you are describing. There are also potentially other causes as well. Usually a detailed history and exam can determine the cause, an MRI can be very helpful. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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