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14 Yr old daughter with Spondylosis, need advice

hotcoffee29hhotcoffee29 Posts: 327
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hello Everyone,
I am new here and posted for the first time a few days ago about myself as I am recovering from a laminectomy/discectomy that I had June 20th 2009 and I have had such wonderful advice as I get through my own healing. I have suffered many many years with my back and now I see my young daughter about to travel in my footsteps and she is so young.

My daughter brittany fell last year playing soccer, she has played for years, she twisted her ankle and was on crutches and could not play soccer for the remainder of the season. She kept complaining her back hurt, I thought it was from her walking in crutches so I delayed taking her to doctor. To cut a long story short I did eventually take her and we ended up at the spine specialists office where they told me she had Spondylosis and that it was very common in teenage kids who are in sports, she had a fracture at the Right L5 pars. She was told to take anti-inflammatories and pain meds, come back in 3 months, because the healing time had passed and there was nothing more he could do for her.

We went back for her 3 month check up, she isn't in pain all the time but she has not resumed playing sports again either, his advice was if it hurts don't do it, if it doesn't do it, nothing more can be done.

She washed our dogs in the bathtub the other day, and she was in angony afterwards, she couldn't stand up straigh without help, she was shaking, i was so worried for her, she took her pain meds and laid down to rest, so every time she tries to do anything thats more strenous on her pback she is in pain, fall soccer sign ups are about to begin and she wants to play but doesn't know if she can. Her spine specialist told me there is nothing he can do for her, is she doomed to a life of back problems at 14 years old? Can anyone please shed some light on how I can help her, should exercise her her? She did start playing tennis with her dad lately and she loves it, she is sore afterwards but handles it, she is very athletic and its really getting to her.

I know you are all helping me so much with my own situation and continued support so any more advice will be greatly appreciated.



  • If she hasn't done anything to strengthen and stretch her core, she will battle pain. If she was very active and then went to doing nothing without physical therapy of some sort, she has deconditioned her core muscles so she has nothing to support her spine. Can you get the doc to give her a consult to physical therapy? They would be able to evaluate her condition and make recommendations on how to regain strength and conditioning.

  • We did not do PT with her and since I have been doing PT, I show her what they show me, it gets soooo expensive, but I know that I shouldn't let the cost stand in the way of her health.

    You are right though she has not done enough when it comes to core strengthining and those are the areas she needs to work on most to overcome this.

    I was thinking I may need to get her bones checked some how, she has had 2 broken arms, twisted ankle, knee problems then a few weeks ago her wrists started hurting and her hand swelled up so bad, doc said she sprained it somehow and put her in a splint. I told them she didn't do anything but doc said ahh teenagers just don't remember doing anything cause there was no other explanation for the pain and swelling. She also has TMJ real bad, no one has really linked all of the above but I am wondering if its a problem that she cant handle too much and perhaps she has weaker bones??? I might just also be a worrying mother over conincidences!!!

    Thanks for the advice and I may try to get her in a few sessions to learn some things for herself with regards to core strenghtning that will be beneficial to her. She wants to play high School soccer, but I need to know she is fit enough for it first.

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  • i think i would look into taking your daughter to a pediatric orthopedic spinal specialist, if you can find one in your area. they are more used to taking into consideration the problems of continued bone growth, etc. that are typical of still-growing children. s/he might be able to address the other concerns you have regarding her bones as well.

    one potential problem with your daughter continuing to engage in rigorous sports is that her pars defect may continue on to spondylolisthesis. you can read about it here: https://www.spine-health.com/conditions/spondylolisthesis/isthmic-spondylolisthesis

    this can result in instability which eventually may require fusion.

    you may want to let her start the season and see how it goes. she will need to take more precautions and should ice as much as possible after each practice or game.

    good luck to you and your daughter.
  • I appreciate your advice, and today my daughter was complaint again so I think it would be wise for me to follow up and have her checked out. It does concern me at her young age to suffer with back problems because we all know what we have Been through! As she starts the season we will definately ice and take all the necessary precautions. I do not want it to lead to sponsylothesis. I am going to look more into it. Thank you for the link.
  • My daughter was just diagnosed with same problem (Spondylosis). She too a competitive athlete, soccer also. I was wondering how your daughter fared after treatment. Was she back to normal activity including competitive athletics
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  • How did she fare after treatment, my daughter just recvd the same diagnosis of spondylosis. Was she able to return to the field at full strength.
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