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Dr. Justin Esterberg
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Spondylolysis (Overview)

Spondylosis is a broad term that means degeneration of the spine, more commonly known as osteoarthritis. This can occur in the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back), or lumbar spine (low back)


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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
142 doctors shared insights

Spondylolysis (Overview)

Spondylosis is a broad term that means degeneration of the spine, more commonly known as osteoarthritis. This can occur in the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back), or lumbar spine (low back)


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How does spondylolysis show up on an xray long after it has healed? I had fractures at l1, 2 and 3 in 1985 but my last MRI said it showed nothing?

How does spondylolysis show up on an xray long after it has healed?  I had fractures at l1, 2 and 3 in 1985 but my last MRI said it showed nothing?

Sponylolysis is hard: Spondylolyis is hard to see on x-rays since it is so deep and the pictures have overlapping shadows related to bowel gas. Best way to see an acute process is with bone scan. Best way to assess for healing at long term follow up s thin sliced ct scan. However, almost half heal with scar tissue and never go on to bone healing. If no symptoms or mild, then no worries.....If severe, then surgery. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of spondylolysis?

What are the symptoms of spondylolysis?

None to pain: The symptoms can range from absolutely none to hamstring tightness, low back pain with or without some radiation to legs. There can be some tingling or parathesias and/or numbness into the legs as well . The hamstring tightness may restrict the lower back range of motion. ...Read more

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How are spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis typically diagnosed?

How are spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis typically diagnosed?

Imaging: When people present with back and leg pain, x-rays, mri, and ct will show them. Beware though. They may not be the source of the pain! they can be painless. ...Read more

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What do I need to know about lumbosacral spondylolysis?

What do I need to know about lumbosacral spondylolysis?

Spondylosis: Spondylosis is simply arthritis of the disc and facets. This is not a common reason for spine surgery. It usually will cause back pain that is aggravated by activity. Now, if pressure is present on the nerves from the arthritis (spinal stenosis) that is a different story. I would try nonsurgical treatment first: physical therapy, arthritis meds, nerve blocks, & reserve surgery for failures. ...Read more

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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

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Pars defect/spondylolysis showed up on X-ray but "not comfirmed" on mri, what does this mean?

Pars defect/spondylolysis showed up on X-ray but "not comfirmed" on mri, what does this mean?

MRI not best: Mri not best test for spondylysis best is ct scan with saggital reconstructions even if you found one it dosent mean it is necessarily symptomatic many cause no pain or symptoms for this finding i would trust oblique xrays over MRI for your anatomical truth. ...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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Can the the spondylolysis and listhesis be treated permanently?

Yes: Any treatment, however, would depend on what your symptoms are. Many people have spondylolysis or a spondylolisthesis and do quite well with exercise based therapy alone. If you begin having significant back or nerve pain, and other conservative treatment fails, a surgical repair of the pars defect or spinal fusion can be a permanent treatment. ...Read more

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I have spondylolysis. What are treatment options?

I have spondylolysis. What are treatment options?

Spine defect: Spondylo means spine & lysis means crack. Can be congenital variety genetic origin occuring in 6% us population or after trauma which can be repetitve particularly in certain high level athletes like swimmers, gymnasts, pitchers, football linemen to name a few. Most treated non operatively with bracing, physical therapy & medication and activity modification with surgery if no better & in pain. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of or relieve back pain due to spondylolysis?

Several ways: 90% of the time without surgery. Assuming this is the congenital or isthmic type most respond to activity modification, core muscular strengthening and flexibility , medication and occasional use of a back support. Sometimes injections can be of benefit . If no improvement or recurrent issue, surgery is an option. ...Read more

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What is spondylolysis?

What is spondylolysis?

A small crack : 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. ...Read more

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How can you prevent spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis?

How can you prevent spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis?

You usually cannot: Most just happen. On the other hand, many people respond to exercise and core strengthening. Many do not have any symptoms. ...Read more

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What is spondylolysis?

A small crack : 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. ...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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How serious is spondylolysis?

How serious is spondylolysis?

Spine defect: 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. ...Read more

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What is chronic spondylolysis?

What is chronic spondylolysis?

Spine defect: 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. ...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