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What could cause pain after spondylolysis is "fully healed"?

What could cause pain after spondylolysis is "fully healed"?

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

Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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How often does bilateral spondylolysis at l5 occur. No trauma, no sports, no providers can think of the cause. More to the story?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Spondylosis: is a degenerative change in the spine where a disk changes in it's consistency, loses elasticity & height and leads to misalignment of inter-vertebral joints leading to arthritis. Disk herniation causes sciatica symptoms, not muscle strain. ...Read more

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Is spondylolysis very common?

Yes: It is estimated that 6% of the general population has spondylolysis, with or without spondylolisthesis. Most of those have no pain or other symptoms. ...Read more

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Does spondylolysis have a cure?

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. ...Read more

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How do I treat my spondylolysis?

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. ...Read more

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Is spondylolysis common among boys?

6% chance : The incidence of finding this is 6% in the us population unless you are an eskimo and then it can be as high as 25%. It can be higher in certain high level athletes related to certain sports. ...Read more

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What can be done for spondylolysis?

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

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Can you permanently cure spondylolysis and listhesis?

Can you permanently cure spondylolysis and listhesis?

Treated not cured: They can be treated when symptomatic and repaired.It is a fix the word cure is reserved for another style of healing we can change it so it is less symptomatic.That is the best we can do. ...Read more

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Dr. Justin Esterberg
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Spondylolysis (Definition)

Spondylolysis is a condition in which there is a specific defect in the connection between the bones that make up the spinal column. Symptoms range from having none to having low back pain that may worsen ...Read more