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What treatment is recommended for grade 2 anterolisthesis of L5 on S1 related to bilateral L5 pars fractures?

By Anonymous August 29, 2014 - 8:02am
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Hello Anonymous,

Thank you for your question.

Have you been diagnosed with anterolisthesis and pars fractures?

Anterolisthesis is another term for spondylolisthesis. Anterolisthesis is a spine condition in which the upper vertebral body, the drum-shaped area in front of each vertebrae, slips forward onto the vertebra below. The amount of slippage is graded on a scale from 1 to 4. Grade 1 is mild (less than 25% slippage), while grade 4 is severe (greater than 75% slippage).

Pars refers to the specific part of the spine involved, known as the pars interarticularis, and stress fracture refers to the response of the bone to the stress of repetitive loading

Pars stress fractures occur in young athletes involved in repetitive bending and straightening of the spine. They are generally self-limited and get better with rest followed by rehabilitation.

Patients are advised to stop the activity or sport that evokes the back pain for up to 12 weeks, and may need a brace if pain is not adequately relieved.

I am sure your orthopedic surgeon has already discussed these recommendations with you.


August 29, 2014 - 9:11am
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