A six year-old girl, Dorcas Dartebia, has been diagnosed of spondylosis (spine fracture or defect) at Kofi Asare in the Upper West Akyem District.
Reporting the incident on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Rainbow Radio’s Prince Collins Bening, described the condition of the little girl as severe.
According to him, the six year girl walks over five miles to school and walks the same miles back from school on daily basis.
Prince Bening indicated that doctors, who examined the little girl, attributed her condition to long the distance she had to walk to and from school.
According to Bening, Dartebia fell on her face when she was taking her bath in a bathroom some few days ago, and was rushed to the Adeiso Government hospital to seek medical care but was referred to the Nsawam Government Hospital.
However the parents have told the hospital they are unable to cater for her medical bills. The girl is unable to walk and experiencing severe pain, Bening added.
Spondylolysis is the medical term for a spine fracture or defect that occurs at the region of the pars interarticularis.
The pars interarticularis is region between the facet joints of the spine, and more specifically the junction of the superior facet and the lamina.
It is more common for a child or young adult to have a spondylolysis (pars fracture) without having spondylolisthesis, whereas adults are frequently diagnosed with spondylolisthesis without spondylolysis.
Although it is confusing, both of these conditions are frequently seen in combination, and the treatments for both conditions are often the same. However, it is much more common for adults to be treated surgically; children with spondylolysis/spondylolisthesis rarely require surgery unless the slippage is severe.
Back pain is the most common presenting symptom, particularly in adults. Children may or may not have significant back pain; the predominant symptom(s) may be difficulty walking, postural deformity, and/or hamstring tightness. Adults frequently have leg pain, numbness, and/or weakness (sciatica, radiculitis, or radiculopathy) while children rarely have leg symptoms.( http://www.uscspine.com/conditions/childrens-spondylolysis-spondylolisthesis.cfm)