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more about Spondylolysis

  • Spondylolysis refers to deficient development or degeneration of the vertebra, usually in the lower back.

  • It usually does not cause symptoms.
  • Back pain caused by abnormal slippage of one vertebra, slipping forward on the vertebra beneath it (spondylolisthesis).

  • It may be congenital or caused by injury or a stress Fracture in childhood or adolescence.

  • X-ray of the lower spine
  • CAT scan or MRI is helpful to diagnose the nerve compression and to rule out other causes of lower-back pain.

  • Treatment is usually not required.
  • Periodic evaluation to asses for abnormal movement of the spine
  • Conservative treatment, such anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and back brace for painful spondylolysis
  • If the back pain worsens, the patient may need to rest a few days and gradually increase the level of activity as the pain goes away.
  • Surgery: If conservative treatment does not work and symptoms are severe, then surgery may be recommended.  The goal of surgery is to relieve the compressed nerve and stabilize the spine.

  • Spondylolisthesis

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