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