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Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis in the athlete.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18277260     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis are common diagnoses made in the athlete suffering from persistent back pain. Although the etiology of this continuum of conditions is uncertain, genetic predisposition and repetitive trauma have been strongly implicated. Sports in which participants are subjected to repetitive hyperextension across the lumbar spine pose a risk for such injuries. Football lineman, oarsmen, dancers, and gymnasts show high rates of these conditions. Treating the athlete with spondylolysis and/or spondylolisthesis can be a challenge. An inherent drive for return to competition, pressure from coaches and family, and obligations to the team can confound decision making on both the part of the patient and the treating physician. Although this motivation for prompt return to sports must certainly be considered, a safe return to competition is paramount.
Richard A Tallarico; Ian A Madom; Mark A Palumbo
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sports medicine and arthroscopy review     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1538-1951     ISO Abbreviation:  Sports Med Arthrosc     Publication Date:  2008 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-02-15     Completed Date:  2008-03-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9315689     Medline TA:  Sports Med Arthrosc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  32-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, State University of New York, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY 13202, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Athletic Injuries*
Health Status
Lumbar Vertebrae / pathology*
Risk Factors
Spondylolisthesis / diagnosis*,  pathology
Spondylolysis / diagnosis*,  pathology

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