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Hiya from New Zealand

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in New Member Introductions
Gidday there! How happy am I that I've finally found a site that seems to have the answers I've been looking for!
I'm a 30 yr old female who about 3 years ago was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis at the L5/S1 level with a shift of about 11mm. This was due to bilateral pars defects. Up until recently I didn't really know what that meant other than when I ran my back hurt:)
Actually, my physio at the time suggested I lay off the running for a while and strengthen my 'core'.
My treatments since then have been a mixture of acupressure, massage and acupuncture (for my shoulders when it gets really bad), mild exercise with intermittent bursts of running 'activities' (usually lasts a couple of months). I'd like to consider myself as pretty active but this injury is weighing me down exercise-wise. So, the reason I'm joining this forum is to see if I can get a couple of questions answered or at least some suggestions that may lead me in the right direction.
1. Should I lay off my wish of being able to run every other day - or at all?
2. What else is there that I can do to reduce the pain - without surgery?
3. Should I seek some other professional advice?
Anyway, I look forward to hearing from anyone


  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can.. i am using conservative measures to control my pain just as you are. if you are interested in running and sports you might look into a "Sports Doctor." they specialize in sports injuries and activities.. you don't say if you are on any medications? what about trying some activities that are not so strenuous right now, like swimming? :? well, those are just a few ideas. i am sure others will be by with some ideas as well!! good luck as you go on your pain journey! :D Jenny :)
  • I would ask your Dr for a pain management Dr and Neuro consult if you haven't seen them yet. Strengthening the core is good. If running hurts you shouldn't do it but walking is good. What other treatments have you had? epidurals? Good luck and hope you find a better treatment for you. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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