Avoidance of extension of the spine may help, and sometimes a period of rest from a specific sport will allow the fracture to heal. Sports can usually be returned to once the stress fracture has healed.
Maintaining general fitness with cross-training exercises while the stress fracture heals is important.
It is said that 98% of the stress fractures will heal with time. Even if they do not heal, if they are not painful no treatment is needed. A pain free spondylolysis is not a weakness of the spine and should not prevent returning to impact sports, fitness and normal activities.
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