Pediatric Spondylolysis Treatment in Edison & Shrewsbury, NJ

Young athletes are frequently affected by the conditions spondylolysis, with the most common ages being 15 to 16 years. Although we won’t try saying those conditions five times fast, we will try explaining the difference between them. 


What Is Spondylolysis?

Spondylolysis is a crack or fracture in one vertebra of the spine. It happens frequently in children and adolescents, especially those who play football, lift weights, or perform gymnastics.  

Occasionally, this stress fracture will weaken the bone to the point that it can no longer stay in its proper position, and begins to shift or move out of place. The fracture usually occurs in the 5th lumbar of the lower spine, but it can also occur in the 4th either on one side or both sides of the bone. 

Spondylolysis can happen to anyone at any age, but the spines of the young are most problematic because of ongoing developmental issues that may occur as they age. 

Symptoms of Spondylolysis

Your child may not experience any symptoms or even know they have the condition. When symptoms do occur, they include the following:

  • Low back pain
  • Pain that is worse after vigorous exercise or activity
  • Pain that radiates to the buttocks or thighs
  • Pain that is eased by rest

Treatment Options in New Jersey

Initially all treatments begin conservatively with rest, avoiding all sports for a time, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling and relieve any pain, physical therapy, and sometimes bracing.

Treatment for adults depends on the level of pain, the degree of slippage, and any possible nerve compression that may be present. There is an excellent success rate after surgery, and new, less invasive techniques are helping to improve recovery time.

Schedule an Appointment

Contact Atlantic Pediatric Orthopedics if you believe your child is experiencing any symptoms of spondylolsis. Our doctors will discuss and implement a treatment plan that will have your child back to being active and pain-free. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (732) 544-9000.