What are Spinal Infections?

Also known as: Spondylolysis, Spondylolisthesis

When a teen athlete has lower back pain, the most common causes are spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis.

  • Spondylolysis - This condition involves a stress fracture in a vertebra in the lower spine.
  • Spondylolisthesis - This condition is the progression of spondylolitis. The small fracture weakens the bone, causing the vertebra to shift out of place.

Reviewed by: Stephen Graham George Jr., MD

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