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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

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What is bilateral pars defect of the spine?

What is bilateral pars defect of the spine?

Lumbar Pars Defect: The defect is a stress fracture of the posterior portion of the spine that connects the facet joints and lamina with the anterior vertebral body at the level of the pedicle. This process is also known as a spondylolysis. It occurs in 5% of the general population but can be as high as 15% in certain athletes like gymnasts and football lineman due to the lumbar hyperextension. ...Read more

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What is bilateral pars defect of the spine?

What is bilateral pars defect of the spine?

Pars defect: Bilateral pars defect also commonly called spondylolysis is a stress fracture near the joint of the spine. This usually occurs in the lower lumbar spine and can be painful and cause instability. This defect often occurs during the teenage years but can persist into adulthood and become symptomatic later in life. ...Read more

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What is pars defect at your spine mean anyway?

What is pars defect at your spine mean anyway?

Vertebral defect: It is essentially a hairline fracture in the vertebra at the pars. Sometimes this is an incidental finding and does not cause any particular pain or instability. It can be congenital, something you are both with, or traumatic. In some cases, it can lead to pain or instability. A dynamic x-ray, one taken while bending forward and back, can indicate whether this is unstable or not. ...Read more

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I have bilateral pars defect in c5, what does this mean?

I have bilateral pars defect in c5, what does this mean?

C5 pars defect: Are you sure it is c5? L5 (lower back) is much more common... Just checking. If it is indeed c5, there is neck pain and possible instability that may need to be addressed surgically. Please check with a good local ortho spine surgeon to get a good understanding of what you have and make an eductated decision after that. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Could you explain what is pars defect at L5 mean anyway?

Could you explain what is pars defect at L5 mean anyway?

Termed spondylolysis: A condition called a pars fracture or spondylolysis this is typically a congenital defect that will manifest itself in childhood but may not become symptomatic at all or at some point later in life ; can be a real fracture. These typically can be managed non op 90% of the time. The most common vertebra to find it is at l5. Found in 6-8% of the us population. They can cause back ;/or leg symptoms. ...Read more

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What to do if I have just recently learned I have bilateral pars defect in l5, what does this mean?

What to do if I have just recently learned I have bilateral pars defect in l5, what does this mean?

Spine defect known : As spondylolysis. Spondylo means spine ; lysis means crack. Can be congenital variety which is genetic in origin occuring in 6%-8% of us population or after trauma which can be repetitve particularly in certain high level athletes like swimmers, gymnasts, pitchers, football linemen, etc.. Most rx'ed non operatively ; cause no symptoms although some can lead to back ;/or leg pain or neuro symptom. ...Read more

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What to do if I have just recently learned What to do if I have bilateral pars defect in l5, what does this mean?

If it is painful: Then the question is congenital, degenerative & is it unstable. Also is its traumatic, this may be very unstable. See a fellowship trained spine surgeon for advice and care. Orthopedic surgeon is my choice but neurosurgeons undergo the same fellowships. ...Read more

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Would plain pars defect at l5 cause the person increasing pain as time goes on? 20 y f. Pain x1 year. Scans laat year. Is something more wrong?

Would plain pars defect at l5 cause the person increasing pain as time goes on? 20 y f. Pain x1 year. Scans laat year. Is something more wrong?

Yes: Pars defect or spondylolysis can increaseing cause pain if defect worsens and there is more motion at defect site.. Sometimes bracing and reduction of activity is necessary to reduce pain followed by physical therapy ito strengthen spinal musculature. If bilateral defects occur vertebra can slip forward (spondylolisthesis) and put pressure on nerve roots and produce pain. ...Read more

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Hi I have got at L5there is a unilateral pars defect on the left and the right pars is sclerotic I had a accident can that cause this n what out come ?

Hi I have got at L5there is a unilateral pars defect on the left and the right pars is sclerotic I had a accident can that cause this n what out come ?

Hard question: These frequently occur with no accident traumatic spondyloysis occur at different levels this is most commonly an isthmic spondy from a combination of underdeveloped pars and ambulation or minor trauma , outcome can be asymptomatic an ncidental finding so take care assuming they are painful frequent findings in som athletes with or without symptoms rthymic gynamst and interior lineman american ...Read more

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Does a brace help a pars defect to heal?

Does a brace help a pars defect to heal?

No: To my knowledge, pars defects do not heal. Some authorities think they may be congenital or developmental. However, you can have normal function despite the defect, by building up your core strength to compensate for it. Abdominal and side strengthening, supervised back strengthening exercises, even yoga are all beneficial. I would recommend seeing a good pt for help with such a program. ...Read more