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What Common Complications Are Associated With 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
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
Exercise/surgery: 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. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not all heal and can: Cause recurrent symptoms. This defect is seen in about 6% of people but not all have symptoms while some do and even fewer have recurrent back pain with 10% overall getting surgery for persistent symptoms that fail nonoperative care like exercise and pt, bracing, medication and activity modifications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A small crack: In a spine called th parsinterarticularis it a bridge of bone from th two joint to the support structure in th front with extension activities this can fail inlow energy they can range from causing no symptoms means no limits to nagging low back ache many people live a normal active life with them can be associated with spondylithesis spinal slip if aslip is present neural impingement and sciatica. ...Read more
Depends: Spondylolysis refers to a defect in a part of the spine structure called the pars. It is also called a pars defect. Some cases are congenital , others are from trauma and others may be uncertain. Most do not need surgery. The ones that do are associated with significant pain, nerve dysfunction or signs of spine instability ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Many athletes including gymnasts, football players and dancers have spondylolysis and perform with it for years and decades with no symptoms or intermittent episodes that respond to rest, nsaids, steroid blocks, stabilization training. Staying fit helps the most in diminishing symptoms and the potential for surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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