L5/S1 Pars Fracture Sugery??
I have recently gotten an X ray from a Chiropractor in my area and he refused to work on me since he noticed a pars fracture at my L5/S1 vertebrae. I am in phase 1 of the L5 sliding forward in my lumbar. The chiropractor referred me to an orthopedic specialist who looked at my films and confirmed the fracture and explained the nature of the pain. He mentioned it is not life threatening and that if I decided against surgery it would leave me living a life, dealing with the pain, day to day and limiting my activity. When asked what he would do he replied that he cannot make that decidion for me. I am only 27 years old and have been very active up until the last 2 years. I haven't gained an excessive amount of weight although my percentage of body fat ratio has turned for the worse. i would like to become very active again although I do not see that happening with my levels of pain without the surgery. My family is very tentative for me to have spinal surgery. I am looking to seek a second opinion although I think the next Dr. will tell me the same thing. I just wanted to see who else is out there that is going through similar issues that has/ has not decided to do the surgery. I believe it is in my best interest to have the surgery although my family keeps me from thinking it is the right choice. They are not the ones dealing with the pain day to day and the activity limitations day to day. If anyone has any insite about this please reply. i am just looking for some information.
I have played sports my entire life including football through high school and non competitive through college. I have always lived an active lifestyle until recently. With any kind of high level activity I cannot bear the pain from my lower back and legs. Standing in cold weather for excessive amounts of time also will make me very irritated. I was forced to quit snowboarding and lifting weights amoung other things.
Any information is appreciated