I've just been diagnosed with anterolisthesis (2nd degree, 1.4 cm slippage). I have a lot of pain in my hip, down my leg, in my knee, etc. My primary care doctor referred me to an orthopedist, who in turn has referred me to a neurosurgeon (whom I haven't seen yet). I'm scheduled for an MRI as well.
In the meantime, the primary care doc also had me start physical therapy. However, neither the primary care nor the orthopedic docs have given any instructions to the PT regarding my condition. I'm concerned because it seems as if he's treating me as if the bone had slipped back rather than forward, both from some things he's said and from the exercises he has me do.
The PT is having me focus most on stretching the spine by arching my back in prone or standing positions. As I read more about anterolisthesis it seems that the bone is already shifted forward, so doesn't arching the back increase the likelihood that it will shift foward MORE?
I know I should have asked the orthopedist when I was there, but I forgot. I'm seeing the PT again on Friday and I wonder if it's worth calling the orthopedist back before then and asking him, or if it's ok.
I thought maybe someone who had been through this could reassure me that this is, in fact, the appropriate exercise. Clearly I don't want to be doing anything to make it WORSE, and I'd like to have confidence in the PT. Right now, every time I practice the back-arching exercises, it makes me nervous (although it doesn't cause any more pain than anything else).