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.