Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates (BNA) is committed to providing athletes with an integrated multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment of sports-related brain and spine injuries that promotes a safe and speedy return to athletic activities. All decisions are geared towards athletes, their high level of activity and expectations to return to active sports.
Spondylolysis is one of the most common causes of back pain in young athletes. This is most frequently the result of a stress fracture in the pars interarticularis, which consists of the segment of bone connecting the superior facet with the lamina. This injury is often seen in athletes who participate in sports that require twisting, rotation, bending backward, and hyperextension of the spine. Spondylolysis is often associated with spondylolisthesis.
Scheuermann’s Disease (also called Juvenile Kyphosis) is another condition seen in young athletes, which is characterized by anterior wedging of 5-degrees of at least three adjacent thoracic vertebrae. Athletes with these conditions should seek professional help and be monitored every six months for progression.
Professional athletes who participate in more intense training can develop severe injuries more often than recreational athletes. These usually include disc herniations, spondylolisthesis, and various types of fractures. Even what seems to be a minor injury, strains or sprains, should be addressed in a timely manner so more serious problems can be avoided and athletes can resume full participation in sports.