Back in the Game: An Immediate Functional Progression Program for Adolescent Athletes with Spondylolysis: A Randomized Pilot Trial

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Patients will be randomized into IFPP and control groups. The IFPP group will begin physical therapy immediately following spondylolysis diagnosis. The control group will begin physical therapy after reporting pain-free during activities of daily living. Patient-reported outcomes as well as functional outcomes will be collected and analyzed.


Child to Adult


Diagnosed spondylolysis by MRI. Sport participation 2x/week. Ages 10-19.

Type of Study



Brain Imaging Center (BIC)
Childrens Hospital Colorado

Principal Investigator
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Emily Sweeney, MD

Study ID

Protocol Number: 22-0868

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