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New to forum - diagnosed spondylolisthesis

DrdjDDrdj Posts: 2
edited 04/05/2014 - 2:27 PM in New Member Introductions
Hi everyone, I am new to the forum. I was diagnosed with grade 2 spondylolisthesis about 5 years ago. As of a recent MRI, I am still a grade 2. But it seems as though I have symptoms that I have not found a reason for yet. I will post in the lower back pain forum with all that.

Anyway, I know when I injured my back... I was 14 years old and fell really hard when I was water skiing. Finally, after several weeks of pain, my dad took me to a chiropractor. I was not x-rayed, but after several adjustments, the pain went away and I was off and running. I was really involved in gymnastics, swimming, tennis, and racquet ball.

Fast forward about 25 years.... Was having some back pain, so I took myself to a chiropractor. He x-rayed me and asked when did I break my back. I said WHAT? Sure enough, it had been broken all those years ago. That is when I saw on the x-ray I had spondylolisthesis. I guess, because of the years of gymnastics, I blew the range of motion tests off the charts. I was still almost as flexible as I was as a teenager. That earned me the name of Gumbie at the chiropractor office.

So they adjusted me for a while and I was fine for another 3 years. Then I started having trouble sleeping.... Which brings me to where I am today.

Thanks for this forum. i hope I can learn some things and benefit from the forum as well as contribute to it in hopes of helping someone else.


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745


    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Hello and welcome. Hope you will be better.
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  • I would strongly encourage you not to continue with any chiropractic treatment until you have consulted with a board certified ortho or neurosurgeon to make sure that it is not dangerous. Once you have a fracture or a slipped vertebra, adjustments can worsen the condition, so it is important that you see a surgeon to discuss any treatment before allowing any more adjustments.
    Also here is another link for you- it is the step by step guide to getting treatment for chronic back pain
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