This problem is caused by doing repetitive tasks, such as flexing, extending, or rotating the lower back. This leads to trauma that happens over time.
Most people do not have symptoms. Others may have:
- Low back pain
- Pain that is worse with activity and better with rest
- Muscle pain
- Pain that spreads to the buttocks and the back of the thighs
The goal of treatment is to manage symptoms and promote healing. Medicines will be given to ease pain. Other choices are:
- Avoiding physical activities that put stress on the back
- Wearing a brace to limit movement
- Physical therapy to promote strength, flexibility, and range of motion
People who are not helped by these methods may need surgery. Choices are:
- Spinal fusion to fuse two vertebrae together
- Using a strong screw to hold the fracture together
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
Edits to original content made by Denver Health.
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