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New member who's son has spondylosis and bilateral pars defects in L5

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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in New Member Introductions
I've just found this site and thought it would be useful for information and help with my sons condition.
He's just turned 16 but last year after complaining about backache following a rugby game some months earlier the GP decided to follow up the complaint and we found out he had a slight scolyosis and spondylosis and bilateral pars defects (fractures)in L5. He was put in a back brace for 6 mths and told to do nothing else. He said there was a 30% chance the bones would heal and reconnect, but in his case it was not successful. He has been offered surgery which is a transverse alar fusion but as yet since he is not in constant pain he would like to leave well alone. This is ok with specialist and he is going to monitor him 6 mthly with CT scans and see how he goes.
Really hoping someone has been in the same boat and can offer support either surgical or non surgical experiences.



  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry to read of your son's condition! he is so fortunate to have an inquisitive, supportive mom. =D> there is alot of info on the forum and the opportunity to make new friends to help you through this difficult time. i ruptured two discs in my back when i was 15 so i know something of the lonliness and insolation back problems can cause at so young an age. ~X( please stop by anytime! :D Jenny :)
  • I really don't have experience with your sons issues but can tell you from experience to save surgery as a very last resort. Surgery is not always successful and sometimes even makes things worse. You are absolutely doing the right thing by leaving well enough alone. There may come a day when the pain is severe and there is no other option but until then, do exactly what you are doing. Good luck to you and your son and please keep us posted.
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