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Chronic Lumbar Spondylolysis in an Adolescent Hockey Player

Sivanich, Ashley, PA-C1; Shultz, John, PA-C1; Raja, Avais, MD1

JBJS Journal of Orthopaedics for Physician Assistants: October-December 2018 - Volume 6 - Issue 4 - p e39
doi: 10.2106/JBJS.JOPA.18.00016
Case Studies

Lumbar spondylolysis is an underreported condition in adolescents who play the sport of ice hockey. Managing spondylolysis in a growing adolescent proves to be challenging in regard to sport restrictions and return to play. Advanced imaging, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), should be acquired in order to reach a faster definitive diagnosis. Some cases may lead to a chronic form of spondylolysis that requires patience from the provider, the patient, and the patient’s family.

1TRIA Orthopaedic Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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