Many people who visit chiropractors or undergo physical therapy because
of back pain are older adults, but back pain can occur at any age. A classic
example is spondylolisthesis, which tends to develop in teenagers. Spondylolisthesis
refers to the movement of a vertebra, or spinal bone, out of its proper
place. The shifting of a vertebra can cause lower back pain that feels
like muscle strain, and may improve with rest and worsen with activity.
The pain may extend down to the buttocks and backs of the thighs.
Spondylolisthesis typically stems from spondylolysis, which is a stress
fracture in a vertebra. The stress fracture can weaken the vertebra to
the extent that the bone can no longer stay in the right position. Spondylolysis
and spondylolisthesis are common among young athletes who participate
in gymnastics, weightlifting, or football, since these activities stress
the lower back.
The Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers provide comprehensive sports medicine services in The Woodlands, including
physical therapy, scoliosis treatment, and spine surgery for back pain
relief. Contact us at (281) 362-0006 for an appointment.