I'm 16 and have had this problem since spring of 2007. it would just flare up here an there a little bit and a week off of tennis would take care of it. Since then in May I hit a serve and messed it up and it has been horrible ever since. tried playing but have had to through excruciating pain. i have been to the orthopedic surgeon and they say no surgery is even availible. The actual stress crack is at L5 on the left par. Apparently it happened in 07 and healed but not perfectly... I had 1 nerve root epidural and 2 back block epidural shots over the summer and they helped for about 1.5 months. Since I have been abck to the doctor and they say there is nothing else I could do and even said quiting tennis would be something to consider unless I wanted to play through pain. I am trying Physical therapy. I am really open to absolutely anything as I was about 100 in my recruiting class for the nation and now I'm about 500... Is there anyone on here that has had spondylosis? If so what have you done to keep it under control. The PT that I go to consist of a normal physio trainer, someone who does deep tissue mussle work, and a chiroprator. So far it seems to be helping quite a bit but the real test will come when I play tournys and start training again. Once again all feedback is welcome. Thanks!