What is it?
- common in teenage athletes, a defect
occurring in the lumbar spine, usually in the 4th or 5th lumbar vertebrae,
causing pain during spine hyperextension
- the surrounding nerve root can become
irritated, causing pain, numbness, and tingling into the hip, buttocks, and
legs, which can be debilitating
How's it happen?
- repetitive hyperextension of the spine, such as
that occurring in gymnasts, divers, and football lineman
- pressure is put on the lumbar spine and a defect
occurs on the vertebra
What do you do about it?
- brief bed rest may be indicated
- treatment, rehab, and return to activity
functional program (focused on abdominal and lower back strengthening and
stability, as well as biomechanics for lifting, etc)
- back brace may be indicated
- if untreated, this can lead to a stress fracture and
can progress to SPONDYLISTHESIS (the defect in the lumbar spine
causes one vertebrae to actually "slip" on the other, causing great
pain, instability, and nerve symptoms)
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