I'm 20 years old and recently (3 months ago) had an x-ray due to back pain that states "there is a pars defect at L5-S1 level with anterolisthesis of L5 over S1 by up to 8mm".
The doctor basically described it to me as a my L5 vertebrae is slipped over my S1 by 8 mm and that most likely it developed earlier in life as my bones grew. I was never a very active child, no sports, never in a vehicle accident, never any problems with my back and never no need of x-rays until 3 months ago. However I've worked as a Personal Care Attendant for the past two years. Very physically demanding at times, involving 12 hours on your feet, heavy lifting, pulling, etc. I am still currently working on lighter duties (still suffering with light duties), however I am also under workers compensation as an "aggravation of pre-existing condition".
I never questioned much, until I recently seen an orthopedic doctor who mentioned the 'pars defect' and explained it and from my understanding it is a fracture in my pars. However he also said it probably developed when I was younger.
Everywhere I look it up, it says that most cases these fractures are usually stress fractures and that caused the slippage. Unless I understood it wrong, I believe this is more work related rather then something I've had for years. I have a lot of symptoms: constant aching, worsening when I'm more on the go going from aching to pain, pain/aches start to travel to my hips and legs, also my legs feel very weak at times (luckily hasn't completely gave out yet). Sitting for longer then 20 mins hurts, sitting to standing aches, interrupts/stops me from sleeping most nights, and I also have muscle spasms all throughout my back most days. I'm always uncomfortable and feel like it's interfering with my daily life which is causing my mood to get down a lot.
I just wanted to know if anyone has the same problem, or could explain it a bit more to me. What grade is 8 mm considered? What is a pars defect? Is it more likely to be work related? and anyone have any suggestions to ease the pain?