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Transverse Fracture of L4, L5... whatever that means! :)

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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Lower Back Pain

I am very happy to be on here because it seems there may be someone out there who could possibly have some ideas on how to get better.

I fell off a horse and landed in a twisted way. The "wings" on my L4 and L5 are fractured. While my doctor is nice, I don't think he gets it. I am in TERRIBLE pain and know something else is also going on. I just got an MRI and that should show more than the CT did. We shall see.

If anyone has ever been very active and then suddenly debilitated by back pain and minimal movement, I welcome your suggestions! :) It has been month and a half since this fall and I am eager and ready to get back on the horses again. :) I am in physical therapy and that is helping with range of motion... but I still move very minimally.

I hope to learn from you all on here! I know there is something out there that can help and I'm ready and willing to hear ideas! :)


  • I would ask your PCP for another Ortho or Neurosurgeon consult as well as a Pain Management Dr. Don't just stay with a Dr. who doesn't acknowledge you. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Hi horserider

    I wanted to respond to your post as I too am a horse rider. My back pain issues are also with L4/5 but not quite the same as yours. I had a discectomy operation for a disc prolapse nearly 3 months ago and I am back on my horse again now. :)

    Physiotherapy really helped me with my range of motion. It has really improved in the couple of months I've been going. Swimming and pilates have also been very good complimentary sports to do alongside riding.

    Best of luck. :)
  • hi transverse simply means from east to west across your spine rather than north to south in other words horizontally.the wings are facet joints..and yes you will be in pain !! hope things work out for you and that you get your pain under control soon ...have you tried the acticare unit?? see www.acticare.com
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