Orthopaedics Q&A: Post operative symptoms of spine surgery

Orthopaedics expert, Dr VV Prasad answers readers’ questions on bone health. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Monday.

This week’s answers:

1. My wife is aged 38, she is having L5-S1 grade II which was found very recently by X-Ray, CT & MRI findings. All these days we were confused for a normal back-pain due to physical strain by the end of the day. But, now she has pain in her Lumbar spine region which is spreading to her both the legs also. She is constantly using the Post Operative Belt around her waist ever since. We have met many expert Orthopadic Doctors also. They say this damage cannot be corrected, you can only stop further slippage by operating. But, they are not even insisting on Surgery also. They say you should not lift heavy weights. Do the regular excercises (they have instructed few). Even upon doing as per their suggestions, still she is having the pains in her legs. What could be the remedy? Whether she has to live the pain her lifetime? Please suggest
Laxmeekanth
Yes by surgery we can prevent further slipping of the spine one over the other. Correcting the slipping that already occurred is difficult. If the patient has constant leg pain which is not subsiding with tablets and physiotherapy then surgery is the answer. But remember post operatively she will not be allowed to bend forward or lift heavy weights.

2. My wife,age43, is having knee pain, shoulder pain and swelling. Sometimes she is not able to fold legs properly and feeling numbness after sitting for 10minutes or more. I would like to get your valuable suggestion as a remedy.
kolen chery vijayan
It’s better to consult an orthopaedic surgeon in person. You may need some blood tests.

3.Is plantar fascitis permanently cured? I’m 29 suffering from severe pain in the heels early in the mornings when I wake up and also after long sittings or standings. And also pain in the inner side of both the legs below knees when I jog/run? No problem when walking. Don’t know is this problem called plantar fascitis or not? But can it be permanently cured? If I neglect will it turn into sever problem in future? Awaiting your response.
Thanks & regards
Dharani Kumar
Plantar Fasciitis is a self-limiting disease. The pain will subside in 2 to 3 years. You can take pain killers, soft MCR slippers, ultrasound therapy.

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