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Spondylolysis (Definition)

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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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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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?

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 are the tests for spondylolysis?

Xrays and CT scan: Spondylolysis can lead to spondylolisthesis. This is found on ct's of the spine and xrays as well. ...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"?

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?

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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