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help! grade 1 spondylolisthesis

Started by cvelem on 09/24/2013 9:21pm

I'm a 16 year old dancer and acrobat and had congenital spondylolisis and recently it developed to spondylolisthesis. I would like to pursue a circus career specializing in swinging trapeze. My doctor recommends spine fusion surgery by joining S1, L5 and L4 but I'm not sure if I should do it or not since the recovery time is too long and because of the post-surgery risks. I don't want to stop my training but I'm in real bad pain although I've been taking Tremecox for about two days. Also, many things from my usual training didn't hurt before but are starting to hurt a lot and I used to have a very flexible back until I started getting a very abnormal pain (I think that's when the spondylolisthesis began).
I had some acupuncture and chiropractic treatment about three weeks before getting my x-rays and the pain stopped for a while, but I don't know if the chiropractic is good for spondylolisthesis.
My circus professor suggested other type of treatment like physical therapy.
I was thinking about getting the surgery before the vertebra slipped more and, that way, I'll be sure that my vertebrae will be secure during falls or anything like that. I'd also get enough time to recover and still apply to the circus college, but I don't know if I'm still a candidate after a surgery (I just e-mailed the college asking about it). The problem is that my back flexibility will be lost forever.
Are there some suggestions on what should I do? Please!!

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