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How serious is spondylolysis?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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