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spondylolisthesis is painful and depressing, any advice?

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Dr. Soren Singel
29 years experience Neurosurgery
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).
Answered on Jul 16, 2014
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Dr. George Jacobs
63 years experience Neurosurgery
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.
Answered on Jul 16, 2014
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