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A 33-year-old female asked:

After my last deployment; i came home with chronic lower back pain. the pain has now progressed to my hips and down my legs. i have been told i have spinalbifia, and recently a old fracture was found in my spine around my l3, l4, l5 area while doing xrays

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 41 years experience
This could be a ...: You may be describing a spondylolysis ( a type of stress fracture or defect) which can lead to chronic lower back pain that can produce pain into the legs & has a higher association with the presence of a spinal bifida occulta. Treatment is aggressive exercise: core strenghtening & flexibility as well as cardiovascular routines along with use of medication with activity modification.
Last updated Feb 19, 2015

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