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Pars Defect (Overview)

Spondylolysis is a defect of a vertebra. More specifically it is defined as a defect in the pars interarticularis of the vertebral arch. The great majority of cases occur in the lowest of the lumbar vertebrae (l5), but spondylolysis may also occur in the other lumbar vertebrae, as well as in the thoracic vertebrae. Spondylolysis occurs in three to six percent of the population.


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What is a pars defect?

A cracka small crack: in thecpars articularis part of the posterior elements of a vertebrae mostly in L5 not universally symptomatic may be an incidental finding ...Read more

Pars Defect (Overview)

Spondylolysis is a defect of a vertebra. More specifically it is defined as a defect in the pars interarticularis of the vertebral arch. The great majority of cases occur in the lowest of the lumbar vertebrae (l5), but spondylolysis may also occur in the other lumbar vertebrae, as well as in the thoracic vertebrae. Spondylolysis occurs in three to six percent of the population.


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How long until pars defect doesn't heal?

How long until pars defect doesn't heal?

please rephrase: I don't think i understand your question. Pars defects typically do not heal on their own. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pars defect?

What is the definition or description of: pars defect?

Spondylosis: Spondylolysis is a defect of a vertebra. More specifically it is defined as a defect in the pars interarticularis of the vertebral arch. The great majority of cases occur in the lowest of the lumbar vertebrae (l5), but spondylolysis may also occur in the other lumbar vertebrae, as well as in the thoracic vertebrae. Spondylolysis occurs in three to six percent of the population. ...Read more

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Is it normal for the pain caused by a pars defect to get worse over time? Chronic ×1 year.

Is it normal for the pain caused by a pars defect to get worse over time? Chronic ×1 year.

Worse pain w action: This fracture will not heal on its own, so movement will cause increased muscle and occasionally bone pain. Generally in the small of the back or across the pelvic brim. The fracture is not worsening, but activity increases pain. PT can assist for spinal stabilization and ergonomic positioning training, and some will use braces for lifting tasks. ...Read more

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Could a unilateral pars defect that has been there and causing constant and increasing pain for over a yr be addressed surgically? 20 yr f.

Could a unilateral pars defect that has been there and causing constant and increasing pain for over a yr be addressed surgically? 20 yr f.

Yes: generally responds to activity modification, PT and antiinflammatories. If MRI and bone scan is positive this can be addressed surgically if fails conservative. must give it a substantial amount of time to stabilize ...Read more

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Is severe pars defect treatable?

Is severe pars defect treatable?

Yes: Severe pain, deformity, or nerve compromise from pars defects can be treated with surgery. Less severe cases can benefit from physical therapy and/or pain management. ...Read more

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What is a bilateral pars defect at c5?

What is a bilateral pars defect at c5?

A defect in vertebra: This refers to a defect in the bone that connects the upper and lower facet joint of a vertebra. It is thought that most these arise as stress fractures that do not heal. The vast majority cause no symptoms. ...Read more