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Williamston, MI
A 45-year-old female asked:

I have bilateral degenerative changes at l5-s1 level w/a grade 1-2 spondylolisthesis found 9/2012 has become worse will i end up needing surgery?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Probably: If you are getting worse, i would suggest a follow-up MRI and a consultation with a spine surgeon. Conservative care certainly helps some patients. However, if you are getting worse, surgery may ultimately be required. Check out spinehealth.Com.
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 34 years experience
Spine Surgery: Spine surgery is reserved for individuals that have unrelenting pain that has failed conservative care or who have a progressive neurologic condition due to the spinal changes. Many individuals with your radiographic finding are pain free. If worsening would followup with your doctor or see a surgical or nonsurgical spine specialist.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Hopefully not: If you take good care of your back, strengthen your core and do exercises. No one has a crystal ball.

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