Index to Chiropractic Literature
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ID 19965
  Title Clinical imaging pearls. Posterior lumbar interbody fusion failure: A brief case presentation [case report]
URL http://www.dcorthoacademy.com/pdfs/Journals/journals%202007/07Septvol4iss3.pdf
Journal eJ Acad Chiropr Orthoped. 2007 Sep;4(3):Online access only p 12-14
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Publication Type Case Report
Abstract/Notes Excerpt: A 48-year old patient was referred to our office by a local Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician. The patient presented with unremitting severe lower back and bilateral leg pain, urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction of six years duration. His past medical history included five prior lumbar surgeries and Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF).

Upon examination, the patient was afebrile and exhibited normal vital signs. He exhibited significantly reduced and painful global ranges of lumbar motion. Seated and supine straight leg raise produced bilateral leg pain to the calves. Valsalva was positive for localized lower back pain. Neurologic examination revealed 0/5 Achilles muscle stretch reflexes, 4/5 motor strength of bilateral plantar flexion, dorsiflexion, eversion and inversion. Palpation revealed painful trigger points with jump signs affecting the quadratus lumborum and the gluteal musculature. Intervertebral segmental dysfunction was noted affecting L1/2 and the left sacroiliac joint.

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