Lumbar Decompression and Stabilisation for Spondylitic Spondylolisthesis
Following your recent investigations and consultation with your spinal surgeon, it has been confirmed that your symptoms are caused by lumbar spondylolysis.
This is a stress fracture of the narrow bridge of bone between the facet joints (pars interarticularis) at the back of the spine, commonly called a pars defect . There may be a hereditary aspect to spondylolysis,for example an individual may be born with thin vertebral bone and therefore be vulnerable to this condition; or certain sports, such as gymnastics, weight lifting and football can put a great deal of stress on the bones through constantly over-stretching the spine. Either can result in a stress fracture on one or both sides of the vertebra (bone of the spine).
Many people are not aware of their stress fracture or experience any problems but symptoms can occur including lower back pain,pain in the thighs and buttocks, stiffness, muscle tightness and tenderness. The diagnosis is often confirmed with an injection of an anti-inflammatory drug into the pars defect, when it is followed by successful relief from pain (even if only temporary).