life after spinal surgery for a teen
my son is 15 yrs old and has Spondylolisthesis L4/L5 and has had to stop all sports this summer due to the pain he has been having both in his back and legs. He normally plays both basketball and baseball all year round. We found out he had this condition 3 yrs ago but was able to deal with the pain with muscle relaxers and a brace. This summer has been a whole different story. He has been put on viactin, muscle relaxers, put in a rigid brace and currently going to physical therapy to help with the pain. He hasn't noticed any difference in the pain and is only able to be up and moving around for a couple hours a day at the most. We are now considering surgery...I have done lots of research about his condition and surgery...my question is with him being so young, what can he expect after surgery. I know it will be a year before he is fully recovered...but will he be able to play sports again his Junior & Senior Year? He is a sophmore now and knows he will be out of both baseball and basketball for this year for sure but is hoping that surgery will allow him to be back in sports eventually.