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pars defect

mbryan2121mmbryan2121 Posts: 2
edited 01/11/2014 - 12:12 AM in Lower Back Pain
About ten months ago I started feeling a great amount of lower back pain and decided to go see a doctor about it. I was diagnosed with a pars defect and was given a very uncomfortable back brace that I wore for the next seven months. After these seven months were up I found myself no better than I was before and was still experiencing a great amount of lower back pain. After the seven months my doctor told me that I needed surgery to repair the pars defect in my back. When hearing this I became very afraid as I have heard from many people that one back surgery will only lead to another and so on. I decided to follow the doctors advice and three weeks ago I had surgery to repair the pars defect. They did this by taking a bone graph from my left hip and using that along with two screws and a hook to repair the defect. Now three weeks later I am slowly getting better but still find myself wondering if I will ever be pain free. I dont want to live the rest of my life with back pain. Im only eighteen years old and have a long life ahead of me. I hope to one day be able to work out again and do all of the things that I love to do pain free. I hope to hear some one elses story about how their recovery went from having a surgery like this.


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  • Hello I have been dealing with pars defect for two years now. The doc stated the center of L5 was at 10mm out of place. He doesn't want me to get surgery until I'm closer to 12mm. I currently have not been taking mere nor do I intend to (addictive personality). Some days I feel like the walking dead cuz I'm slumped over to the left. About 4 months ago, I found out that lifting small amounts of weight actually help me from hurting as bad. I'm 25 and don't feel like it. Doc said my back is like a 60 yr old man's. Is. There laser surgery for this condition? About how much is it?

  • A pars defect/fracture is a broken bone in the spine. It can heal on it's own, or sometimes surgery is offered when it is felt that it is necessary.
    Before contemplating surgery, you should look under the conditions tab at the top of the forums and look up Pars defects, and read the information provided there..
    Also before going to some place like a laser spine center, it is definately in your best interest to do your homework and not fall into the trap of false promises and hyperinflated "success" rates and the "miracle cures" that those places offer.
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