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Santa Syndrome -
Spondylolysis And Spondylolistesis

 

Definition

This pathology is a also named Santa syndrome... Ho Ho!

The terms referring to these pathologies derive from ancient Greek. Spondylolysis sphondylos + lysis (vertebrae + rupture) and Spondylolisthesis sphondylos + olisthanein (vertebrae + falling) mean respectively, the fracture and the forward displacement of one vertebra relative the vertebra below.

Causes

Spondylolisthesis can have various origins, including overuse - typical intensive Santa's activities that put extreme pressure on the spine (carrying heavy Christmas presents, toys, electrical appliances, etc).

Spondylolysis is essentially a stress fracture caused by repeated strains to the lower back.

Ho Ho Ho... Ouch! I have overdone it! 
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