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  Patient Personal Story: Gymnastics and Spondylolisthesis
At 13 years old and a USAG level 8 gymnast, Isabelle was on track to achieve her dream of competing as an elite college gymnast. Severe back pain brought her to a spine specialist, who discovered Isabelle was born with congenital spondylolisthesis, a condition in which one of the bones of the spine (vertebrae) slips out of place onto the vertebra below it and may compress on a nerve, causing pain.

Working with her spine specialist, Isabelle and her family made the decision that she would have spine fusion surgery to relieve her pain, stabilize the spine and increase her ability to function. This video follows her journey.

  Treating lower-back pain
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9 for Spine   9 for Spine
NASS encourages its members, the media, health care professionals, government agencies and others to use the free “9 for Spine” video series on their web sites and social media channels to educate the public about the simple ways to keep their backs healthy. These videos are part of NASS' 9 for Spine public education campaign.

Patient Q&A
Question: I was prescribed a back brace. Will my insurance benefits cover it?
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