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What Does A Fushion Of The Lumbar Mean
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
If i have 2 lumbar disc bulges and went on elliptical for few minutes and lower back burned after, what can that mean?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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?
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