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Can Being Overweight Cause Spondylolysis
Is it?: There is no test that can definitively state that this is healed except. A direct surgical exploration. Assuming it is healed, there can be multiple other pain generators including deconditioned support musculature, facet joints & discogenic sources. Pain can even persist on a nerve basis even when the initial cause has been treated. You should do a good rehabilitation program before checking. ...Read more
How often does bilateral spondylolysis at l5 occur. No trauma, no sports, no providers can think of the cause. More to the story?
Fairly common: And is caused by a genetic defect in one of the parts of the vertebral bone allowing the vertebra to slip. This is genetic (you were born with the defect) and you did not cause it. Mostly bad luck. That's probably what the docs are telling you. Many people live with this with no problems whatsoever. Others learn to cope with strengthening exercises (yoga), safe pain relief, and good posture. ...Read more
Is it normal for a unilateral pars fracture to become bilateral over a few months?? What could cause this? Is spondylolysis a serious back problem?
No...: More likely you had bilateral fractures. How was the diagnosis made? It is possible that the other fracture was missed initially. Did you have a second injury? How did you injure your back? History of what happened can be helpful. Non displaced pars fractures are sometimes missed on the xrays. ...Read more
What is Spondylolysis of L5-S1 and what are causes? Also, would muscle injury (I.E sprain/strain) to the Lumbar region cause Sciatica symptoms?
Exercise/surgery: Lumbar spondylolysis is a break in the pars interarticularis. It is many times an incidental findings on x-rays of the lumbar spine. Only if you become symptomatic should anything be done. You should try resistive exercises to strengthen your core muscles. Bracing may beneficial. Nsaids may be healthful. Only when symptoms remain after trying & failing conservative care should surgery be your choi. ...Read more
No: No with 90% treated without surgery.Get a more detailed answer ›
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Simply two: Different items. A spondylolysis is a defect or fracture through the pars region of the vertebra while an extra vertebra is just an additional one like some people can have an extra finger or toe. Sometimes this extra vertebra can alter the mechanics of the spine leading to back pain. ...Read more
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