Interspinous Bursitis in an Athlete

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Scientific Paper

DePalma MJ1Slipman CWSiegelman EBayruns TJBhargava AFrey MEChin KR.

Interested medical professionals can read through the full paper, also published in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, here.


We present a case of L2/3 interspinous bursitis treated with extraspinal injections. No previous investigations have used fluoroscopically guided spinal injections to confirm the clinical relevance of the MRI features of this type of bursae. Autopsy studies have revealed an increased incidence of interspinous lumbar bursal cavities with advancing age. Afflicted patients present with localised, midline lower lumbar pain exacerbated by extension. In young athletes these symptoms can mimic spondylolysis. MRI is useful in detecting soft-tissue injury of the posterior elements. Fluoroscopically guided diagnostic and therapeutic extraspinal injections can be used for confirmation and treatment of pain from such bursae.

About Author Dr. Kingsley R. Chin

Dr. Kingsley R. Chin, founder of philosophy and practice of The LES Society and The LESS Institute
Dr. Kingsley R. Chin, founder of philosophy and practice of The LES Society and The LESS Institute

Dr. Kingsley R. Chin is a board-certified Harvard-trained orthopedic spine surgeon and professor with copious business and information technology experience. He sees a niche opportunity where medicine, business and information technology meet and is uniquely experienced at the intersection of these three professions. He currently serves as Professor of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences at the Charles E. Schmidt School of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University and Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University and has experience as Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and Visiting Professor at the University of the West Indies.

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Scientific Paper Author & Citation Details


DePalma MJ1Slipman CWSiegelman EBayruns TJBhargava AFrey MEChin KR.

Author information

  1. The Penn Spine Center, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia 19104, USA.

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