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    Old 11-13-2003, 08:01 PM   #1
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    Question i'm new.... can anyone tell me about pars defect?

    hi, i'm 15 and i just found out that i have pars defect. i can't play basketball, and don't know yet if i can play softball and track. could somebody tell me a little bit about pars defect? i'm really scared, i haven't yet gone to the specialist, but i am going on the 24th... so if you could give me some info on this that would be awsome.

     
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    Old 11-14-2003, 09:02 AM   #2
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    Hi Krystian

    Pars Defect is mostly related with patients with spondylolisthesis because the defect in the pars allows the vertebrae to shift forward to the adjacent vertebrae . There are varying degrees of spondy (levels 1-4) depending on the shift of the vertabrae. I would suggest you search the web for pars defect and spondylolisthesis. In addition, I suggest you discuss playing further sports with your doctor.

    In my case, I had a level 2 spondylolisthesis due to a pars defect after being hit in the back playing soccer. It did inhibit my ability to continue playing further sports but each person is different.

    You are too young to begin having back problems and I pray your doctor has good news for you and can find a treatment to help your back pain.

    Take Care :tup:
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    Old 11-14-2003, 04:38 PM   #3
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    Hello krystian11
    You case sounds very similar to mine. I had injuries when I was in my teens and early twenties. I was able to put up with the back pain for forty years, but I have had to have two fusion back surgeries in the last two years.
    If I knew what I know now I believe I could have avoided the surgeries.
    It is very important to learn about stretching and core strength exercises. It is very important that you find a good Physical Therapist with lots of experience in back and pelvic problems. I have been to many PT's who really were not able to help me.
    It is very important to work on your transverse abdominals. That is a muscle that is difficult to strengthen but it is critical to keeping your back strong and the pressure off of your disks. Do a search on the internet for "transverse abdominals" and you will be able to learn quite a bit about it.
    Good Luck
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    Old 11-14-2003, 06:43 PM   #4
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    i will definately let you all know what the doctor says.. thank you for filling me in. I really appriciate it.

     
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