About 1 year ago, (April 2008) I was having back pain.I went to the orthopedic doctors and after x-rays, bone scans, mri's, etc,... they diagnosed me with a pars fracture on L5. I was out for about 3 monthes, and started Physical Therapy and slowy went back into gymnastics. I was pain-free for about 6 monthes. In November 2008, my back started to bug me again. I went back to the same doctors, but they assured me that it was just muscle pain. After still have pain, I switched doctors twice and am now with a specialist in sports backs. I am now in a back brace- 23 hours a week for 12 weeks, then start PT up again, along with PT, 12 hours a day for 12 more weeks. It is frusterating and not always comfortable, but I'll do whatever it takes to get back to gymnastics. Has anyone else had back fractures or similar back issues from gymnastics?