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I had a lumbar fusion at the L5 s1 level five years ago . I am having lower back now. Is the next level herniated or degenerative ?

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Hard to say

Certainly one cause can be the development of adjacent level disease, and it is probably the most common cause.
There are also other structures in the area that can cause pain such as the sacroiliac joints and the facet joint, hips, etc. Thank you for your question. A detailed history, exam and studies can usually determine the cause.

In brief: Hard to say

Certainly one cause can be the development of adjacent level disease, and it is probably the most common cause.
There are also other structures in the area that can cause pain such as the sacroiliac joints and the facet joint, hips, etc. Thank you for your question. A detailed history, exam and studies can usually determine the cause.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Dr. Edward Hellman
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Very possible

Adjacent level degenerations 15% at 15 years see your surgeon for evaluation very few people with a fusion done with a back inscion have a completely pain free back at all activity levels in all positions for all times you can still get old around your fusion.

In brief: Very possible

Adjacent level degenerations 15% at 15 years see your surgeon for evaluation very few people with a fusion done with a back inscion have a completely pain free back at all activity levels in all positions for all times you can still get old around your fusion.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Degenerative

Unfortunately one of the late complication of spinal fusion is adjacent disc disease.
Since your fusion was the lowest mobile level all the stress has been shifted to the l4-5 level. Most symptoms arise from degenerative changes in the disc and the facets, but herniation may also occur. A MRI would beneficial. See your spinal surgeon.

In brief: Degenerative

Unfortunately one of the late complication of spinal fusion is adjacent disc disease.
Since your fusion was the lowest mobile level all the stress has been shifted to the l4-5 level. Most symptoms arise from degenerative changes in the disc and the facets, but herniation may also occur. A MRI would beneficial. See your spinal surgeon.
Dr. Will Moorehead
Dr. Will Moorehead
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