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How are stress fractures of the lower back usually treated?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Mostly non surgical

Lifestyle modifications physical therapy orthotic devices, such as corsets and braces not often surgery?

In brief: Mostly non surgical

Lifestyle modifications physical therapy orthotic devices, such as corsets and braces not often surgery?
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Conservative

Lower back stress fractures, usually called spondylolysis, are usually treated with non-operative means.
Some docs recommend bracing, but others recommend pain-free core lumbar stabilization protocols. These are notorious for not healing, but most patients become non-symptomatic with spondylolysis. The condition may progress to instability (spondylolisthesis) over years or decades.

In brief: Conservative

Lower back stress fractures, usually called spondylolysis, are usually treated with non-operative means.
Some docs recommend bracing, but others recommend pain-free core lumbar stabilization protocols. These are notorious for not healing, but most patients become non-symptomatic with spondylolysis. The condition may progress to instability (spondylolisthesis) over years or decades.
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
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