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Spondylolisthesis grade 1

Started by LisaA on 11/17/2017 11:45pm

I was just recently diagnosed with spondylolisthesis grade 1. I feel like I am dieing at the moment. I was in physical therapy for 6 weeks then had my MRI . I had this on a Saturday afternoon an by monday morning contacted by my Dr to discontinue therapy. He wants me to come in a talk with me about the MRI an my options. I have to use a walker to get around more an more an have been almost bed ridden for the last 2 days. I can't seem to go to the bathroom or put clothes in the washer with tearing up. They put me on Tramadol an flexeril for now an I just feel like I am going to loose it. The Dr said he would not contact me if he didn't see anything, but would if I need surgery. But what type of surgery?? How do I educate myself on this so it stops being so scary? An positive helpful replies would be welcomed.

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Hi, LisaA--Thank you for taking the time to post. We completely understand your fear and anxiety around your diagnosis. We are glad you came here, because we know many of our visitors also relate to what you're going through. You are certainly not alone.

Learning as much as you can about your condition is among the best ways to combat the fear that comes with a diagnosis. You have several treatment options for grade 1 spondylolisthesis, and we'd like to share some information that we hope will help.

In most cases, surgery isn't necessary for spondylolisthesis. Non-surgical options, like those listed here ( Non-surgical Treatments for Spondylolisthesis ) are often enough to manage your pain. However, if surgery is the best approach, this article gives you a great overview of the different types of surgery your doctor may suggest: ( Surgery for Spondylolisthesis ).

If the thought of spine surgery concerns you, one thing to ask your doctor about is the possibility of undergoing a minimally invasive procedure. Those procedures come with several benefits over traditional open surgeries, including smaller incisions and shorter recovery times.

Finally, we'd like to share this resource with you if surgery is the option your doctor recommends: ( Spine Surgery: Questions to Ask Your Doctor ). The more you know about the procedure and expectations for recovery, the better you'll feel about your treatment.

We hope these resources help put your mind at ease and arm you with the information you need to approach your treatment with confidence. We wish you the very best!