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Spondylolysis is a defect or fracture on one or both of the
wing-shaped parts of a vertebra, usually in the lower lumbar region.
Spondylolysis is usually detected sometime during childhood. It may
occur for one or more reasons.
Most people can manage spondylolysis by resting from strenuous
activity, stretching and strengthening exercises, and taking pain relief
medicine, such as ibuprofen. Surgery is rarely needed, although it may be
considered for people who do not respond to other treatment.
August 5, 2011
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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