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Extra vertebrae
momofdarius posted:
Hello I have a question about my lower back pain...
I am 27 years old, fairly active, in good health. I was told years ago by a chiropractor after he did an x-ray that I have an extra vetrebrae that is partially fused to my right hip bone. But he didn't seem too worried about it so I wasn't either. But now I am a little worried about it. I work as a C.N.A at a nursing home; so I do a lot of lifting, pushing, pulling; ect.
Now I have an almost constant pain in the right side of my lower back, between my spine and my hip bone. I'm worried that my work is causing damage to my back because of the extra vertebrae and all. Is this possible? Is this something I should be worried about, or can the extra vetrebrae not cause any worrisome problems?
Thank you all very much for your time!
bj1208 responded:
hi and welcome to the support group -

the best thing would be to see an Orthopedic Spine Specialist - and MRI or CT Scan needs to be done to see what is going on - once the specialist has reviewed and examined you then he/she can let you know what the options are as far as treatments - which there are lots of different treatments that can be done -

The sooner you can get into one the sooner you can know what is going on and what needs to be done - this does not mean you need surgery but spine specialists are the best at reading film results and also letting patients know what the best treatment options are.

Please keep us posted as to what you find out - if you can see if u can get the x-ray from the chiropractor - and as a rule of thumb try to avoid seeing chiropractors and/or physical therapists without having a full diagnosis - sometimes, if there is a problem that is not known by them they could do more harm than good - but once you are examined by the spine specialist if any therapy treatments are warranted they can write the proper script of what needs to be done -

Let us know what you find out - take care - Joy
lifesajourney responded:
That's interesting. My sister also has an extra bone somewhere around there, not sure I remember exactly where but she sits at her job and it was really painful until the chiro got her pain free and she doesn't have problems with it anymore. I agree, I would have it checked out by a doctor and go from there.
Rafael Levin, MD, MSc responded:
From your description it sounds like you may have a partially sacralized lower lumbar vertebra. First, be reasured that this is not a dangerous condition. As many as approximately 5% of the population have a transitional vertebra and in most cases this represents an asymptomatic incidental finding.

Given your occupation as a CNA, it is possible that due to the functional requirements of your job which may include repetitive bending and lifting, you are at a higher risk for developing chronic low back pain. This does not mean that your job is causing you any structural demage, but it may mean that in the long term you may be better off finding an alternative occupation with reduced functional requirements.

I think your best next step is to see a spine specialist who may refer you to a good excersize based physical therapy program. Such a program can be helpful in teaching you an escersize routine for stretching, strengthening, general conditioning, and lifting and bending mechanics. Good luck, and keep us updated.

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