Conditions We Treat


Some conditions of the spine can come from repetitive stress via physical activity. A perfect example of that is spondylolysis, which also may be referred to as a pars defect or stress fracture. It may cause little to no symptoms, but should still be treated when identified.

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What is Spondylolysis?

Spondylolysis is a stress fracture of the pars interarticularis (the joining segment of two vertebrae). It is most likely to be affected by repetitive stress. Spondylolysis is pretty common, and it’s found in one out of every 20 people.

What Causes Spondylolysis?

Unfortunately, the most basic cause of Spondylolysis is simply walking upright. There are certain sports that can increase the risk of spondylolysis that involve excessive bending, but even genetics can be a factor for this condition.

Symptoms of Spondylolysis

Spondylolsis may not always have symptoms, but when it does, they are typically back pain. The pain often spikes with activity and sport, and is more evident when bending backwards. If you experience this pain, we recommend getting proper medical attention to ensure that it isn’t something more severe.
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Treatment Options for Spondylosis

Treatment options can vary for Spondylolysis but may include:

  • Rest from Physical Activity
  • Medication
  • Physical Therapy
  • A Lumbar Brace
  • Surgery (in rare cases)

Frequently Asked Questions about Spondylolysis

1. Can spondylolysis heal on its own?
While specific causes, such as sports injuries, will go away on their own, the long term issues that cause disruption in life will need to be treated.

Get Back the Activities You Love

Don’t let pain keep you from doing everything that you enjoy. Contact the expert team at AZBSC Spine & Orthopedics today!