skiing fiendMemberDecember 15, 2011 at 1:50 pmPost count: 1
Hi Dr. Corenman,
I have been diagnosed with ddd in the lumbar and cervical areas. I also have a pars fractures at L5-S1 with intermittent leg and foot numbness and intermittent lumbar pain.
It’s better sitting down. L5 is 2mm forward over S1. Only a remnant of the disk is left. It’s practically not there.
If an orthopedist or neurosurgeon says I can go skiing if I want to, as long as it doesn’t hurt me, what does this really mean?
If I do go skiing what are the risks? Should I now consider not skiing? What could happen to my spine if I do?
ThanksDonald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorDecember 15, 2011 at 9:44 pmPost count: 8611
You have an isthmic spondylolisthesis at L5-S1 with isolated disc resorption.See website for details. This condition can be painful but it is really not dangerous. That is- it won’t cause paralysis or put you in a wheelchair but it can cause pain.
You have lost the shock absorption between the spine and the sacrum. If the bone becomes painful from small fractures, this can be debilitating however some individuals have this disorder and function well.
If the spine becomes painful, impact activities will cause the most symptoms. Skiing is an impact activity but you can moderate the amount of impact by staying on groomed runs and using a smooth, graceful style to ski. There are some US Ski team members that have this condition and still race. Only you can determine if you want to ski and take a small to moderate risk of flaring up your back.
Dr. CorenmanPLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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