I was rear ended in an accident over a year ago in the spring. I only had a muscle strain in my back initially. But after just a few months, I was more achy and developing more pain. By the fall, it was hard to walk and pain comes with not too much exercise or effort. I have been walking with a cane for a few months and cannot walk very far with it. I have been out of work for the whole year so far.
Images show severe stenosis in L-5, S-1, severe facet arthritis and spondololythesis. I never had any symptoms before the accident and now I am so debilitated.
I can understand how stenosis takes years to develop. How much could the accident hasten that deterioration?
Regarding the spondy, how much evidence is there that the impact at a high speed can cause the vertebra to become misaligned?
Of course, I am trying to hold out doing fusion. I so want to avoid it. Thanks for your help and experiences you share.