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  • chikki
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    My sister has had gradual changes in her gait and way of walking since she delivered her second baby ( both C-section. She also later used to complain of pain in back and hip area. The MRI done 2 years ago said everything was normal.

    We got her MRI done 2 days ago and the summary is as below.

    – Small Haemangioma noted at D7 Vertebra
    – Partial Disc desiccation noted in the dorsal spine in multiple levels
    – Small focal central disc protrusion noted at L4-L5 and L5-S1 levels causing thecal indentation with mild narrowing of bilateral lateral recess/neural foramina at L5-S1 level

    could you please help me understand what this means and suggest best methods of treatment. How complex/critical is this problem?

    thanks a lot in advance!

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Changes in gait can be from disorders that would fill this entire website so specifics are needed (foot drop gait, antalgic gait, Trendelenberg gait, circumduction gait, etc…).

    Hemangiomas are naturally occurring in the vertebral bodies and are generally not a worry.

    Your sister has mild degenerative disc disease at L4-5 and L5-S1. There is minimal compression of the nerves and generally, nerves can take moderate compression before they become symptomatic so it is unlikely that the gait disturbance is from nerve compression.

    Does she have severe lower back pain that causes her to demonstrate an abnormal gait? If not, her gait disorder is more likely not originating from the lumbar spine.

    Dr. Corenman

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