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What does it mean to have posterior lumbar interbody fusion?

What does it mean to have posterior lumbar interbody fusion?

PLIF procedure: A posterior lumbar interbody fusion (plif) is a procedure in which an unstable lumbar segment is fused in conjunction with a decompressive laminectomy. As part of the fusion, bone grafting (often with a cage device) is placed into the disc space to allow for fusion, but also helps re-align the segment. It can be performed with open and minimal invasive techniques. ...Read more

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Lumbar (Definition)

The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more


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What does it meant to have transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion?

What does it meant to have transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion?

Spinal fusion: Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion means a "cage" prosthesis and bone graft material is placed in the front of the spine through an approach through the back to join 2 bones. It is performed through the area where the nerve usually exits off the main spinal sac (called the neuro foramen). This foramen is an opening that allows access to the front of the spine through an incision on the back. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have levocurvature if the lumbar with apex at l4?

What does it mean if you have levocurvature if the lumbar with apex at l4?

Leftward curvature: The term levocurvature of the lumbar spine means "leftward deviation" of the lumbar spine. The curvature is greatest ("apex") at l4. Dextrocurvature or dextroscoliosis would refer to a "rightward deviation" of the spine. ...Read more

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What will monoclonal bands in a lumbar puncture mean?

Monoclonal Bands: Oligoclonal bands are seen when a patient's blood or cerebrospinal fluid is analyzed. Each of the two to five oligoclonal bands represent proteins, although why exactly these bands are present, and which proteins these bands represent, has not yet been elucidated. Oligoclonal bands are present in 80-90% of patients and is an important indicator in the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. ...Read more

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What does straightening of the normal lumbar lordosis mean?

Less back curve: The normall backward curve of your low back is straighter than usual it generally believed to be a sign of muscular spasm barring other pathologic conditions, it is a nonspecific incidental xray finding this shape can be found in the asymptomatic and the symptomatic. ...Read more

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What is meant by straightening of expected lumbar lordosis?

What is meant by straightening of expected lumbar lordosis?

Spasm: Typically this is a result of muscle spasm but may also indicate something more serious in your spine manifesting this way. ...Read more

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If the opening pressure from my lumbar was 37 and they took it down to 11, is that bad and what does that mean for me?

Diagnosis?: An opening pressure of 37 is dangerously high. But the question of what it means depends on why it's high. You didn't give us a diagnosis--a cause of the high pressure. If they don't know the cause, they need to find out. ...Read more

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If i have 2 lumbar disc bulges and went on elliptical for few minutes and lower back burned after, what can that mean?

If i have 2 lumbar disc bulges and went on elliptical for few minutes and lower back burned after, what can that mean?

May not be the back: Just because you have the discs does not mean that the back burning is due to the discs. Your physician can help clarify whether this is the discs, or maybe muscles, tendons or even bursas. ...Read more

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I'm having neck problems, which extends to shoulder, my dr. Told me to get a lumber, not sure if he meant chair lumbar r what. I need help with this, ?

Back down: Probably meant a lumbar support for the low back to use with sitting or driving so that you can keep the neck over the torso, which might reduce your neck pain, if it is mechanical (your head is out in front of your shoulders all the time). ...Read more

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What does it mean if the right paracentral protruded disc herniation at lumbar 5 - sacral 1 is compressing the right sacral 1 root in the right lateral recess?

What does it mean if the right paracentral protruded disc herniation at lumbar 5 - sacral 1 is compressing the right sacral 1 root in the right lateral recess?

Anatomy: There is a right sided protruding disc between the L5 and S1 vertebrae which is pressing on the right S1 nerve. Typically this will cause pain and/or numbness down the back of the leg, into the side of the foot, and there may be weakness when trying to push down with your foot (i.e. pressing on the car accelerator). ...Read more

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My MRI states Lumbar rotoscoliosis with segmental instability. What does that mean?

My MRI states Lumbar rotoscoliosis with segmental instability.  What does that mean?

See ordering MD: It means you should discuss these findings and any potential treatment options with the ordering physician. Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine, and segmental instability may need to be addressed ...Read more

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What does it mean if the lumbar area of my back hurts so much after doing some vacuuming?

What does it mean if the lumbar area of my back hurts so much after doing some vacuuming?

Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the spine (mid back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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Please explain simply what Facet Syndrome of Lumbar Spine means?

Pain: There is a left and right facet at each vertebral level of the spine. These joints allow motion of the spine. If they get injured or get diseased with aging they can become painful giving someone back pain. Injections and blocks can help this kind of facet pain syndrome. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a posterolateral fusion of the lumbar spine?

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

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Lumbar MRI, what does "T2 STIR signal abnormality is appreciated" mean?? Help!!

Lumbar MRI, what does "T2 STIR signal abnormality is appreciated" mean?? Help!!

The phrase: refers to a certain type of bright spot seen on MRI. Usually it indicates inflammation in the muscles, but it can mean many things, most of which are harmless. If you had a recent injury as the reason for the MRI, it could mean that the muscles are inflamed. Without further information, it would be impossible to tell. Discuss it with the doctor who ordered the MRI. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I had a Bone Density test. The result was : R-6.59 L-6.20 Lumbar 9.82 What does this mean?

I had a Bone Density test. The result was :   R-6.59  L-6.20  Lumbar 9.82  What does this mean?

Numbers look wrong: Central DXAs measure bone density at the lumbar spine and left and right total hips/femoral necks. Results are presented as actual BMC (bone mineral content (ie, 0.887, 0.7436, etc) and as a T-score (standard deviations above/below ur bone density is from woman's peak bone mass). T-scores are usually presented as a + or - number: >-1.0 normal, -1.0 to -2.4 osteopenia, ...Read more

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My surgeon told me today I have a couple of cracked lumbar discs that's pinching my nerves? What does that mean?

My surgeon told me today I have a couple of cracked lumbar discs that's pinching my nerves? What does that mean?

Discs: Problems with intervertebral discs are either bulging or protrusion(herniation). Cracking of a disc is a term I am not familiar with. When the disc presses on a nerve root or the actual spinal cord, various symptoms of radiating pain, numbness, tingling or muscle weakness occur in different areas depending on which levels of roots or spinal cord are affected seen on an MRI. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a lumbar sacral transitional vertebrae with a left sided pseudarthrosis, what does that mean?

What to do if I have a lumbar sacral transitional vertebrae with a left sided pseudarthrosis, what does that mean?

Normal variant: This may be a normal variant, where the bottom disc is not fully formed, and may be partially fused to the sacrum or tail bone. Not necessarily a problem. ...Read more

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Does having herniation in C5 4mm and disc deteration in c456&7&7 mean surgery i also have deteration in my lumbar of and a 6/8 mm cyst in neck?

Does having herniation in C5 4mm and disc deteration in c456&7&7 mean surgery i also have deteration in my lumbar of and a 6/8 mm cyst in neck?

Disc disease: Just because you have an MRI that shows disc disease and herniation does not mean surgery. Surgery is determined by a multitude of factors and only one is the MRI - others include your symptoms and the exam and other tests if indicated. Surgery should always be the last option. ...Read more

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I had an MRI of my lumbar back and it came back normal. Does that mean my pain is not related to the sciatic nerve? Would an MRI show sciatic pain?

I had an MRI of my lumbar back and it came back normal. Does that mean my pain is not related to the sciatic nerve? Would an MRI show sciatic pain?

Maybe.: MRI (and in fact any imaging study) does not show pain. Images show anatomy. Takes a good physician to interpret your symptoms and correlate with the pictures. Your pain may or may not be related to the sciatic nerve. ...Read more

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