I have been trying to find more information / experiences relating to listhesis but there doesn't seem to be much on the internet about that.
My back pain started two years ago. I was diagnosed with mild protrusions on L5 S1 and L4 L5. Over time, the pain has become sciatic and I have also developed Grade 1 Retrolisthesis at L4 L5. The pain only seems to be getting worse over time and I wonder if I have to go in for surgery. Currently I exercise my back for 30 minutes a day as the physiotherapist has told me and walk about an hour a day.
I wonder if any of you can say something about:
a) Experiences with retrolisthesis or spondylolisthesis
b) My doctor told me to wear a lumbar belt (some call it lumbar corsette) a few hours a day to set right the structure of my spine. But a friend of mine who is also a doctor (though not an orthopedic) said that this will weaken the muscles and make my pain worse in the long run (I am not sure if this will happen if I wear it only 2 hours a day). I don't know who to listen to.
c) Has anyone been in surgery for retrolisthesis and has it worked? Are there any other treatments like exercise?
Protrusions - L4-L5, L5-S1
Retrolisthesis - L4 L5