Unfortunately, there is no definitive test for many of the chronic pain conditions that may be ailing sufferers. TMJ, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and many chronic back pain conditions do not have a means to be diagnosed; rather, they are a diagnosis-by-deduction. With this, the possibility for misdiagnosis or underdiagnosis is raised considerably.
Spondylolisthesis (spaun-di-lo-lie-thee-sis) is a mouthful and is a common cause of low back pain (although it can exist anywhere in the spine, the lumbar spine is the most common area affected). The spinal column is a series of building blocks called vertebral bodies stacked on top of one another. Sometimes these blocks do not line up perfectly.…