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What to do if I have just recently learned I have bilateral pars defect in l5, what does this mean?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Spine defect known

Spondylo means spine ; lysis means crack. Can be congenital variety which is genetic in origin occuring in 6%-8% of us population or after trauma which can be repetitve particularly in certain high level athletes like swimmers, gymnasts, pitchers, football linemen, etc.. Most rx'ed non operatively ; cause no symptoms although some can lead to back ;/or leg pain or neuro symptom.

In brief: Spine defect known

Spondylo means spine ; lysis means crack. Can be congenital variety which is genetic in origin occuring in 6%-8% of us population or after trauma which can be repetitve particularly in certain high level athletes like swimmers, gymnasts, pitchers, football linemen, etc.. Most rx'ed non operatively ; cause no symptoms although some can lead to back ;/or leg pain or neuro symptom.
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