Stress Management

Back Stress Fracture

A back stress fracture, commonly known as spondylolysis is the most common overuse injury of the lower back in sport leading to anxiety and stress. This condition is classified as either a bone stress reaction or a stress fracture of the lower back. Spondylosis is the most common in adolescents. Spondylolysis is characterized by an ache in the lower back which is exacerbated by sporting activities and eased by rest.

The most common X-ray identified cause of low back pain in adolescent athletes is a stress fracture in one of the bones (vertebrae) that makes up the spinal column. For further information on back structure, read Best Ways To Reduce Stress.

If the stress fracture weakens the bone so much that it is unable to maintain its proper position, the vertebra can start to shift out of place. If too much slippage occurs, the bones may begin to press on nerves and surgery, may be necessary to correct the condition. The causes of stress and symptoms of stress have to be analyzed. Stress reliever will help to reduce stress and the stress, anxiety and depression associated with it.

The good news is that most stress fractures do not need to be immobilized in plaster. As long as the stress that caused them is removed, they will usually heal within six to ten weeks or more, depending on the bone involved. In that time, you can still maintain aerobic fitness and can cycle, swim or aqua jog in the case of a lower limb fracture. With improved awareness of stress fractures, stress management tools and easier diagnosis through appropriate scanning, they should occur less frequently and be diagnosed earlier. A correct early diagnosis is essential to avoid complications such as ununited fractures and surgery.