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Posted by Sara
on August 12, 2000 at 00:04:06:
In Reply to: PARS DEFECT???? posted by Cheryl on August 09, 2000 at 20:23:24:
Hi there. I am also 19 and have had chronic back pain for about the last 8 years, due to wear and tear from sports. I've had two spine fusions in the last 6 months, both of my L2-3(the first one didn't work). I tried epidural steroid injections too, though they didn't help at all.
What is your injury from? Anything in particular? Did your NS mention a fusion at all?
Lumbar pars defect is usually congenital, though it could be caused by an injury. For example a fracture. Pars defect can lead to instability of the spine which in turn can lead to Spondylolisthesis, a condition where one vertebrae slips out of alignment over another. Also remember though, that many people with pars defect show NO signs of getting worse and their condition simply improves over time. The main thing to avoid with pars defect is bending your back backwards AT ALL! Try to keep REALLY good posture as well as avoiding heavy lifting and strenuos exercise.
Good luck to you and feel free to e-mail me anytime at Love2Flip@aol.com
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