I've had back pain for 10 years. Basically, the pain started when I was about 8 months pregnant with my first child. I have 2 children now and finally got this diagnosis from both an osteopath and orthapedic surgeon. I have the congenital form of spondyl...and my L5 has degenerated and is all but gone ( a little joint tissue remains). Oh, and I have 50% slippage and the two docs don't agree as to whether or not there will be further slippage. I have not had an MRI yet. Currently, I'm seeing a physical therapist and he is treating me with all sorts of stretching and core strength stuff. So, the more that I research the more confused and concerned I am becoming. Is there a cure for this condition? I'm managing the pain with a TENS unit and mild muscle relaxers. How does one go about finding an excellent neurosurgeon in his/her local area? I've asked everyone I know. There seems to be a lot of smart people on this site, please provide any advice or comments that apply. Thanks.