13 year old athlete with low back pain - not responding to treatment :(
I am beyond frustrated with trying to help my daughter treat her back pain for the past five months!
Here is a brief summary:
*2008 - diagnosed with a pars defect L5 - stopped activity and did PT for 2 months. Pain stopped immediately when stopping activity and never returned for three years. Pars defect was healed.
*2011 end of January - lower back pain returns
Daughter is a competitive figure skater - which requires back flexibility - pain occurs when she bends backwards and on forceful landings when training jumps (double rotations in the air - more force).
Visit with sports med doc familiar with figure skaters and their injuries. Bone scan ordered - normal results - no fractures found.
6 weeks of PT - some improvement but pain is still evident.
MRI ordered - normal - continue PT - little to no improvement.
CT scan ordered - normal results. Doc advised stop PT if we want since it doesn't appear to be helping. This was not very helpful advice.
Took daughter to facility that treat lumbar back with MedX machines and McKenzie exercises. Six weeks later, back strength has improved 85%, but pain is still evident. No improvement on pain. She was just discharged from PT yesterday.
She's also seen two different chiropractors, and has had neuromuscular therapy, and her trainer gives her deep tissue massage weekly.
She has gone months with very limited activity, starts to feel better, starts a small amount of activity and pain flares up again. She cannot arch backwards without pain and points to the left SI joint as to where the pain is occuring.
I made an appointment with a spine specialist orthopedic surgeon, but their first available is July 28th!!!
She does her PT stretches twice a day as instructed. But now what do we do? I can't accept the fact that my 13 year old can't recover from this bothersome pain. When she is not physically active her pain level is zero. Her worst pain was an 8 after some over-strenuous activity (when she had started feeling better). On a normal day her pain level with activity is 4.
We have been following all the advice of our doctors and therapists ~ and have not overdone anything they didn't approve. I am so frustrated! Does anyone have any advice...and thanks for letting me vent!