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Suffering from back pain, grade one spondylolysthesis, lumbar spondylosis. Surgery required?

im a patient who is suffering from spondylolysthesis ... grade 1,spondylolysthesis of L5 over S1 vertebra.. Lumbar spondylosis ... i wanted to know what is the best way to get this done as i have continous back pain,should i go and get an operation done or opt physiotherapy to get rid from this pain and do my day to day activies easily.... so , i request you to suggest the best for me... thank you.
Asked On : Mon, 14 May 2012
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1. Spondylolisthesis at L5/S1 grade -1 can be managed by Physiotherapy if pain is tolerable and not chronic.
2. If pain is intolerable or persistent despite adequate rest or if associated with numbness / weakness in lower limbs etc. then it warrants surgical correction.
3. Yes, after surgical fusion of the segments you can continue your day-to-day activities. Sports activities might take a bit longer period still the fusion is complete.
4. Back strengthening exercises with rest on hard bed might be useful to decrease pain. Avoid bending the back, leaning forward, lifting weights, prolonged sitting in same posture.
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