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My son 13 years old, has spina bifida occlta @l5. He likes basketball, he got back pain after trainning. So can he play basketball?

My  son 13 years old, has spina bifida occlta @l5. He likes basketball, he got back pain after trainning. So can he play basketball?

Spina bifida: Spina bifida occulta is a very common finding on x-ray. Usually not the cause of back pain. Most common cause of back pain in young athlete is stress fracture of pars intetarticularis. Back pain in a less than 17yo is considered a red flag and should be investigated. The goal is to get him pain free and then return to the game he enjoys. ...Read more

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Spina Bifida (Definition)

Spina bifida is a birth defect involving incomplete development of the spinal cord or its coverings. The exact cause of the condition is unknown, but a risk factor appears to be low levels of folic acid in a woman's body before ...Read more


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My 14 yo son had an X-ray due to lower back pain and it showed spina bifida occult L5 , and mild wedging deformity T11 what does it mean?

My 14 yo  son had an X-ray due to lower back pain and it showed spina bifida occult L5 , and mild wedging deformity T11 what does it mean?

Birth Defect: These are birth defects that occasionally cotribute to back pain.Generally physical therapy is recommended.A pediatric back specialist is the proper specialist.Unless pressure on the disc, there is no neurological issues. ...Read more

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Pain! how to treat, chiro? X-ray shows spina bifida occulta@l5, grade1 anterolisthesis of L5 w/spondylosis, mild disc space height loss@l4-5&l5-s1

Too little info: As dr. Hines says, a neurosurgeon can help differentiate all of the above and provide you with the best treatment options for your condtion. There are many factors to consider- your age, how much spondylosis, pain location, duration, relief, exacerbation, general health, etc. See a neurosurgeon for some good answers. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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I have 35 degree congenital lumbar scoliosis along with spina bifida occulta in L5 vertebra. Is lifting weights and doing push ups a good idea?

It is fine: Typically spina bifida occulta is not highly destabilized and more of an incidental finding. The scoliosis should also not be a huge problem. My recommendation would be to work out, but don't do exercises that are bothersome to your low back. If it hurts, don't do it. ...Read more

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Hi I have been suffering with my upper back pain since one year so in xrays spina bifida at L5 seen. Is I need any treatment plus can I exercise. ?

Hi I have been suffering with my upper back pain since one year so in xrays spina bifida at L5 seen. Is I need any treatment plus  can I exercise.  ?

See your doctor: Back pain can be very recurrent . The Spina Bifida is likely a problem you had since birth and the upper back pain may not be directly related unless you also have low back pain. I would take acetaminophen, stretch, see your doctor for a more structured approach. Good luck. ...Read more

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Would Spina Bifida Occulta cause Grade 2 Spondylolisthesis of L5/S1. Are they both related? Thanks

Possibly: Spina Bifida occulta is often an incidental finding when someone develops back pain and has an x-ray done. This is due to incomplete fusion of the spinous process. This area of the spine usually does not result in instability but if there were other defects, such as the pars, then this could result in the slippage you are describing. Discuss with your Doc. ...Read more

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Can Spina Bifida Occulta worsen and develop into Spina Bifida? My MRIs show severe issues in every level of my spine, but only the L5/S1 shows SBO

Can Spina Bifida Occulta worsen and develop into Spina Bifida? My MRIs show severe issues in every level of my spine, but only the L5/S1 shows SBO

No, the anatomical-: -variant has always been there & no need 2 worry. Also it has nothing to do with your complaints. It is usually found incidentally on X-rays. ...Read more

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New granddaughter has spina bifida intrauterine will she have paralysis?Dueaug@15 2013.Pulling on cerebellum.Sac@l4 l5

New granddaughter has spina bifida intrauterine will she have paralysis?Dueaug@15 2013.Pulling on cerebellum.Sac@l4 l5

Difficult to know.: The extent of problems after delivery will depend on the extent of the defect and if it requires repair after delivery and how successful that repair is. Hopefully specialist managing her case could give your daughter some guidance. If baby is kicking legs actively in the womb then there is a better chance baby will have reasonable function after delivery. ...Read more

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Grade2 Spondylolisthesis of L5/S1& spina bifida occulta. Low back pain on right. Sharp moving pain along inguinal ligament? GP palpation normal

Grade2 Spondylolisthesis of L5/S1& spina bifida occulta. Low back pain on right. Sharp moving pain along inguinal ligament? GP palpation normal

Need surg consult: A Grade 2 Spondylolisthesis definitely needs to be evaluated and treated by an orthopaedic or neurosurgeon who specializes in spinal surgery. You are just on the border of requiring spinal surgery, i.e. a fusion, with a Grade 2 slip. The inguinal pain may/may not be related to the back. Time to see your surgeon for an up-to-date evaluation ...Read more

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Grade2 Spondy L5/S1& spina bifida occulta. Low back pain on right. What would cause sharp moving pain along inguinal ligament? GP palpation normal

Grade2 Spondy L5/S1& spina bifida occulta. Low back pain on right. 
What would cause sharp moving pain along inguinal ligament? 
GP palpation normal

Inguinal ligament: Maybe the ligament itself is injured? But there is no pain with palpation? It is not likely to be from your lower back spondylosis. That would be more likely to affect your feet and calves. Here is some info about the inguinal ligament: http://sportsmedicine.answers.com/other-injuries/injuries-to-the-inguinal-ligament ...Read more