Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis
- The most common cause of low back pain in adolescent athletes that can be seen on X-ray is a stress fracture in one of the bones (vertebrae) that make up the spinal column. Technically, this condition is called spondylolysis (spon-dee-low-lye-sis). It usually affects the fifth lumbar vertebra in the lower back and, much less commonly, the fourth lumbar vertebra.
- If the stress fracture weakens the bone so much that it is unable to maintain its proper position, the vertebra can start to shift out of place. This condition is called spondylolisthesis (spon-dee-low-lis-thee-sis). If too much slippage occurs, a spinal brace may be required to control the position of the spine. Spinal bracing of Spondylolisthesis is aiming to reduce pain and any further slippage.
- Spinal braces can be pre-manufactured or custom-made depending on the diagnosis, and the size and shape of the patient. These braces are only fitted upon referral from an Orthopaedic Surgeon.
All fracture bracing require a referral from a doctor or specialist physician, if you have a referral contact Orthokids on:
(03) 9836 4480