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Spondylolisthesis is painful and depressing, any advice?

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Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Dynamic films first: Spondylolisthesis is not usually painful and depressing, unless you have spinal instability, are deconditioned, or (morbidly) obese. First step is to get flexion/extension (standing) dynamic spine xrays to see if the upper and lower vertebra are moving around when you bend/ extend. If they do, you may need fusion. If they don't, need back muscle strengthening (and weight loss if obese).
Dr. George Jacobs
64 years experience
Consult a specialist: Spondylolisthesis is a spinal deformity which can be something you were born with or be acquired. It is correctable with surgery. You should consult either a spine orthopedic surgeon or a spine neurosurgeon. Research the specialists available to you on line by going to the scoliosis research society or ask your primary health care provider.
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Shouldn't be: First of all, are you sure that the spondylo is causing your symptoms? Understand 5% of the asymptomatic "normal" population has this abnormality. Maybe it is simply muscular pain or a different problem. If not, consider pt mckenzie, nsaids/tylenol, pain management for injections. Failing this approach, surgery for fusion is quite successful if your pain is confirmed to be from the spondylo.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Agree w Dr Linville: Determine if this is the cause of your pain. If yes, then find out all your treatment options -so that you can work on improving this. Don't give in to pain & depression if improvment is possible. Take care.

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