spondylolysis

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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 with exercise or activity.
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Dr. Mark C. Weston answered:

What is spondylolysis?

A small crack

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A crack in a particular part of one spine bone a radio graphic finding may or may not be painful common in elite gymnasts and interior line men
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Is spondylolysis very common?

Yes

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It is estimated that 6% of the general population has spondylolysis, with or without spondylolisthesis. Most of those have no pain or other symptoms.
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How serious is spondylolysis?

Spine defect

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Spondylo means spine and lysis means crack. These can be congenital variety which is genetic in origin occuring in 6% of population or after trauma which can be repetitve particularly in certain high level athletes: swimmers, gymnasts, pitchers, football linemen to name a few. Most are treated non operatively. They will not cause usually anything more than some pain in back & occasionally legs
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What is chronic spondylolysis?

Spine defect

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Spondylo means spine & lysis means crack. These can be congenital variety which is genetic in origin occuring in 6% of the US population or after trauma which can be repetitve particularly in certain high level athletes like swimmers, gymnasts, pitchers, football linemen Most are treated non operatively. Chronic means that it is long standing & did not heal but may or may not be symptomatic.
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Does spondylolysis have a cure?

Exercise

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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.
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How do I treat my spondylolysis?

Exercise

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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.
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Why do I have spondylolysis pain?

It is an instability

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issue of the spine that leads to inflammation or to muscular pain as. Result of the muscles trying to stabilize an unstable spine segment.
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Can spondylolysis run in families?

Definitely

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There is a genetic component for spondylolysis. Certain populations have rates approaching 50%, while others have very low rates. While genetics plays a role, your parents having it does not necessarily mean you have it.
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Is spondylolysis common among boys?

6% chance

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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.
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What can be done for spondylolysis?

Exercise/surgery

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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
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