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

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 (Definition)

Refers to something related to the area about the lower part of the ...Read more


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What does it mean to have inflammation of the root of a spinal nerve?

What does it mean to have inflammation of the root of a spinal nerve?

Problem xitng spine: Nerves branch off in bundles from the spinal cord & exit thru an opening between the vertebrae.This is the nerve root. The opening itself is subject to narrowing or irritation from arthritis or various illnesses as are the tissues nearby. Nerve bundles are surrounded bu flexable tissue that can be compressed by the swelling nearby and end up choking off some of the nerve activity. ...Read more

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I have a compression deformity of the L1 vertebrae. What does that mean?

I have a compression deformity of the L1 vertebrae.  What does that mean?

Collapse: This a partially collapsed vertebra that may be the result of an old injury to your back. Do you recall any old back injuries? Other causes include bone disease such as osteoporosis, growths, blood diseases,etc. Your physician who knows you best is qualified to evaluate and advise you. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a MRI says hyper intense signal of the ACL mean? What does Anterior fusion of the ACL mean? Please help

What does it mean when a MRI says hyper intense signal of the ACL mean? What does Anterior fusion of the ACL mean? Please help

Exam most important: Based on a thorough history of knee complaints, limitations, and history of injury, combined with thorough examination findings by a physician trained in musculoskeletal injury of the knee along with basic knee xrays, a diagnosis can be determined. The nonspecific MRI findings mentioned would be one other piece of information to determine any need for concern or plan of treatment. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when the doc says you have a narrowing of the spine?

Spinal canal: It typically means that their may not be enough space in your spinal canal for the nerves frequently having some narrowing can be without any real consequence if you have no symptoms. ...Read more

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When a radiologist reads a MRI of the knee and says that there is a displacement of the meniscus root what exactly does that mean? Please explain

When a radiologist reads a MRI of the knee and says that there is a displacement of the meniscus root what exactly does that mean? Please explain

Attachment to bone: The root of the meniscus is where it attaches to the bone. If the root of the meniscus is torn, the meniscus will not function properly. This can lead to osteoarthritis in the knee joint. If it is torn, surgery may be needed to reattach the meniscal root. You should follow up with an orthopedist to determine what is the best course of treatment is for you. ...Read more

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What does a MRI of the back show?

What does a MRI of the back show?

Quite a bit: The MRI will show the disks between the vertebrae, the vertebrae themselves, the spinal canal, the spinal cord (if the study is of the cervical or thoracic spine as the spinal cord ends in the lumbar region), and the nerve roots. Surrounding soft tissues will also be included. ...Read more

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What does a fracture of the thoracic spine vertebral really mean?

What does a fracture of the thoracic spine vertebral really mean?

Crushing or cracking: The most common is a crushing of the part of the bone in front. The bone partially collapses, and height is lost. Occasionally bone is pushed up against the spinal cord; if there is numbness, tingling, weakness in the legs should be evaluated by a specialist. There can also be minor breaks in other parts of the bone that usually heal without problem. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the doctor found hemangiomas on an MRI of my lumbar area of the back?

What does it mean if the doctor found hemangiomas on  an MRI of my lumbar area of the back?

Benign and common: Hemangiomas are seen frequently within the vertebral bodies (spine) on MRI and are a benign finding. They have a characteristic appearance. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the doctor found hemangiomas on an MRI of my lumbar area of the back?

What does it mean if the doctor found hemangiomas on an MRI of my lumbar area of the back?

Benign: Hemangiomas are a common finding in the vertebrae and are benign. They are collections of blood vessels with a very specific appearance on mri. It is only when they are very large and expand the vertebrae or weaken it that they can be a problem. This is very rare. ...Read more

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What does 'mild' osteoarthritis of the spine really mean?

What does 'mild' osteoarthritis of the spine really mean?

What it says: There is no other way to explain it other than to say that x rays show mild oa rather than moderate or severe oa. It is a matter of degree. ...Read more

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What effect does a fusion procedure have on the rest of the cervical spine?

What effect does a fusion procedure have on the rest of the cervical spine?

It changes things: Taking away movement at one level (or more) shifts the burden to the neighboring levels (disks and joints). Depending on your genes, they may have been prone to degeneration anyway, but the increased stress might speed this process. It may or may not cause you problems. Degeneration can be painless. ...Read more

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What does it mean C3-C4 Disc protrusion with impingement on the thecal sac? Also what does it mean to have a cyst on the floor of maxillary sinus?

What does it mean C3-C4 Disc protrusion with impingement on the thecal sac? Also what does it mean to have a cyst on the floor of maxillary sinus?

Radiologic findings: 1) The soft disk between vertebrae C3 and C4 has a defect and is protruding toward the spinal cord. The thecal sack covers the actual cord and is appearing a bit indented on the image. Whether this has significance for you depends on symptoms and expert physical examination. You will learn more about what to do next at your follow up visit 2) the cyst is a small fluid pocket at the bottom of... ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a meniscus tear? What does it mean when a MRI says a displacement at the meniscus root? Does that cause a knee to lock?

What are the symptoms of a meniscus tear? What does it mean when a MRI says a displacement at the meniscus root? Does that cause a knee to lock?

Giving way: Meniscal tears usually cause mechanical instability. The primary symptom is buckling or giving out. A displaced meniscus can cause the knee to lock. The meniscal root is where it attaches either in the front or back of the knee. Depending on your age it can be repaired or removed but is almost always a surgical treatment. See a good orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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What does dissecting the medial facet of the patellar mean? What was taken out? What does medial extrusion mean? I have a lot of knee pain please help

What does dissecting the medial facet of the patellar mean? What was taken out? What does medial extrusion mean? I have a lot of knee pain please help

Knee cap issues: Strange terminology. The patella or knee cap is dome shaped on the underneath. The medial facet is one half of the domed underneath. I suspect they tried to clean up/smooth out some uneven cartilage due to wear and tear. Medial extrusion simply means that the tissue (usually meniscus) is protruding or bulging to one side, commonly when the meniscus is torn. ...Read more

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What does having a distinct pain on the mcmurray mean? What does having synovial plica?

Plica and McMurray: Plica is the extension of the protective capsule of the knee. It can become inflamed and cause pain. Typically treated well with anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy. Mcmurray's sign is a test for a tear in the meniscus in the knee. The test is considered positive when a palpable click is felt. ...Read more

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What is the technical definition of postural hypotension, and what's it got to do with the spinal cord injury?

What is the technical definition of postural hypotension, and what's it got to do with the spinal cord injury?

Postural hypotension: ...is a big problem for many patients with SCI, particularly those with cervical or high thoracic spine injuries. It occurs from damage to the nerves of the autonomic nervous system. Some can be treated with just salt tablets, but there are medications which can help if needed. Exercise, including usingelectrical stimulation (FES) or bodyweight-suported treadmill, can be useful. Good luck! ...Read more

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What does signal changes in the lateral and medial mensicus mean on an mri? What is a normal flexion of you knee suppose to be?

What does signal changes in the lateral and medial mensicus mean on an mri? What is a normal flexion of you knee suppose to be?

Hard to say: If increased meniscal signal extends to its surface it is likely a tear which may need surgery. 35% of middle aged to older people may have asymptomatic tears however. If the signal does not extend to the surface it is likely degeneration which is likely not clinically significant. I do not understand the second question. ...Read more