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Hi there!

I just had an MRI/Xray read for some lower back pain I've been having for a year. I'm a marathon runner.

Here's what came back:

1. Minimal Grade 1 anterolisthesis L5-S1 with bilateral L5 spondylolysis
2. Mild L4-L5 disc bulge
3. Mild L5-S1 disc bulge (herniation moderately impinging on exiting left L5 nerve root)
4. NO spinal stenosis.

So, I'm not too concerned about the disc bulges. I'm in PT and have been seeing him for 4 weeks. It has helped the pain.

What I'm concerned about is the "minimal" spondylolysis. Should I be worried? The doc (not PT) referred me to a spinal surgeon for consult but I do not want surgery--I'm 25!

I have a severe anterior pelvic tilt that is the cause of most of the disc issues/pain. I've been doing core, glute, stretching work with the PT and it has helped!

Any tips re: spondyloysis? I feel like it's too soon to jump the gun re: surgery!
Alex LaCasse


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