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  • mrsspaz
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    i recently had x-rays done of my lower back to find out what has been causing my pain for the last 5 yrs my doctor diagnosed my condition as an open vertebrea, and said that it has probably been this way since birth. i have searched everywhere and have been unable to find any information on this condition. i was woundering if you could shed a little light on this subject is this a real condition and if so is it common to have this for 25 yrs and have no problems or is it caused by an injury? i have always been an active person playing sports and raising livestock and am thinking i could have injured it while riding horses or showing cattle! dr. also advised there is nothing that can be done to correct it which i find hard to believe, any suggestions on treatment and pain management are greatly appreciated!

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    An “open vertebra” could be a spina bifida occulta. This condition occurs when the back ring of the vertebra does not close at birth. It is somewhat common and is the lack of the a portion of the back of the spinal canal to close. The spine when we are in utero is opened in the back. It closes like a zipper from the neck down but occasionally, the bottom one or two vertebra fail to close. This condition may or may not cause back pain. It depends upon “how open” the back of the vertebra is.

    The other “open vertebra” condition could be an isthmic spondylolisthesis. See the section on this website to understand this condition.

    You need an accurate diagnosis for me to understand what your disorder is and to point you in the right direction.

    Dr. Corenman

    mrsspaz
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    thank you for the info i deffinatly do not feel as lost as i was before! i am very glad i stumbled apon your website! i will be checking back with you after my dr. appt on the 28th to see what your opinion on their recomended treatment plan is!

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Please let us know what your physician states the diagnosis is.

    Dr. Corenman

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