What are pars stress fractures? | Dr. Andrew Cash, MD Las Vegas, Nevada

By Brooke Strickland and Dr. Andrew Cash


Pars defects are also known as spondylolysis.  Pars refers to the specific area of the spine that is involved.  When a stress fracture occurs, it is usually due to repetitive movement in that area – usually repeating the same bending or straightening motion.  It is common to see athletes with this type of injury.  The pain that the patient will feel with this type of fracture will usually be very severe and sharp, and will usually hurt more if they try to stand or bend.  It can also have a dull ache sensation of pain.

To diagnose pars defects, your doctor will likely do a physical exam and request an x-ray series, CT, or MRI scan.  If this is the diagnosis, there are a variety of non-invasive treatment options that can help. Treatments can include a period of rest with no sports or physical activity for a period of weeks or months, ice and heat, back braces, or physical therapy or surgery.

Are you wondering if you’re living with pars defects or are you concerned that you may be at risk for developing this condition? Contact Dr. Cash at Desert Institute of Spine Care for an appointment at: http://www.disclv.com.  Dr. Cash can diagnose and help you create a treatment plan that best fits you and your situation.

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