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Spondylolisthesis with scoliosis

Hi everyone,

I've just been diagnosed with scoliosis of the lumbar spine convex to the right with the apex around L3/4; apparently the scoliosis is minimal, and a grade 1 spondylolisthesis at L3 on L4. I'm due to have an MRI in a couple of days and apart from that I don't really know what's going to happen from here except that the surgeon is going to send me to a physiotherapist for some exercises.

I am 48, have never had any problems with my back, then my food slid on some wet grass almost a year ago and I jarred my back slightly. The pain has got worse since then. Nothing in my legs thank goodness, but in the lumbar area.

Yes, I left it for ages before seeing the doctor again. At my first doctor's appointment I was told there was little point in having an x-ray as they probably wouldn't find anything. I saw three osteopaths and a physiotherapist who gave me some exercises, but none of them picked up on there being anything wrong with my spine at all. In fact, two of them declared that it definitely wasn't my spine which is why I didn't pursue x-ray/MRI until now.

Anyway, I'm guessing there are a number of people on here with a wealth of experience in dealing with these problems and I'd really appreciate any advice given. I am also busily reading through the forums for more information.

Glad to be here and look forward to hearing from you.




  • LizLiz Posts: 8,914
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