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A 45-year-old member asked:

what do i need to know about lumbosacral spondylolysis?

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Dr. J. patrick Tokarz
Specializes in Family Medicine
Exercise: First.See your primary care provider to be sure of the proper diagnosis. Then be sure to take prescription exactly as prescribed. Stretching exercises often help arthritis of the spine.
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Spondylosis: Spondylosis is simply arthritis of the disc and facets. This is not a common reason for spine surgery. It usually will cause back pain that is aggravated by activity. Now, if pressure is present on the nerves from the arthritis (spinal stenosis) that is a different story. I would try nonsurgical treatment first: physical therapy, arthritis meds, nerve blocks, & reserve surgery for failures.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What are some of the symptoms of spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis?

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Dr. Nalinaksha Joshi
Neurology 23 years experience
Many: Both conditions give different set of symptoms if nervous tissue are involved. Pain in spine area, crackling sound on movement, painful movement with or without restriction. Weakness, numbness, tingling, spasm, bladder control. Etc.
CA
A 44-year-old member asked:

How are spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis typically diagnosed?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Imaging: When people present with back and leg pain, x-rays, mri, and ct will show them. Beware though. They may not be the source of the pain! they can be painless.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How are spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis typically treated?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Depends!: Unless symptoms are severe, most can be treated by core strengthening exercises, medications. Surgery can help if simple measures fail and pain interferes with normal activities.
CA
A 27-year-old member asked:

Who is more likely to develop spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Depends!: One common type occurs during childhood and adolescence. It seems to be caused by repeated extension (leaning backward), so gymnasts and interior linemen (football) are at risk. But it is common among the general population. Another common type is part of the aging process; it normally is seen after age 50 and is slightly more common in women.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Does ice help with acute lumbosacral back strain?

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Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Yes: For acute strain/sprain injuries, ice should be used in the first 48 hours to help reduce swelling and decrease pain. In chronic injuries, it should be used following exercises, this will help reduce inflammation. There is no need to apply the ice for longer than 20 minutes.

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