I'm currently in training to be a navy diver and I was just diagnosed with mild retrolisthesis. I started experiencing symptoms of sciatica in the first few weeks of boot camp but I never said anything because I didn't want to risk losing my diver contract. I figured the pain would just go away on it's own after a while. Two months later, the pain hadn't subsided, so I finally said something about it to my instructors at dive prep school. I got a spinal x Ray, which showed that I have mild retrolisthesis. The doctor said it will most likely disqualify me from diving, but he's not making the final decision. I have an orthopedic appointment on June 9th, and I want to go with as much information as possible.
Basically, the lifestyle I'm pursuing is obviously pretty hard on the body. Is there any form of treatment that wouldn't disqualify me from diving? I don't think a spinal fusion would look too good. Are there effective alternatives? If not, after a spinal fusion, would I eventually recover to the point where I could handle such a strenuous program? If so, how long would that take?
I appreciate any help you have to offer. I've wanted to do this for a long time, I worked my ass off to get here, and I'm really good at it, too. Any information helps, and the sooner the better. Thank you so much.