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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. This slight separation in the spinal column is called a spondylolisthesis .
"Doc says I have a spondy-something-or-other. Don't ask me what it is; all I know is that it hurts". Steve tries to explain his low back condition to his friend. But, he finds that he cannot explain what he does not understand. Steve has had back pain for a number of years. Every year the pain gets worse and has now become constant. His doctor sent him for x-rays recently. The x-rays showed a spondylolisthesis with disc degeneration at L5/S1. Steve could not understand his doctor's explanation of the condition. So, now he has pain and has confusion.
Question: Susan wrote... The other day I sat down and read my side effects to the med Lexapro. While reading the some of the effects I found one symptom that I didn't know that can affect your life. The symptom was lower back pain. Now I have been taking Lexapro now for 6 years. I have had lower back pain for the same amount of time. Has anyone else had this can of problem? My mom side that this is just quaysidence but I don't know. The pain started about 5 mouths after I started taking the Lexapro or I main started appear and got worse actually. The doctors say that they can not find a reason for the pain in my lower back. Can the Lexapro be the cause of the pain instead of ms or any other hidden problem? Please if any one has had the same problems let me know. I wanted to get a part time job but the pain is bad I can't stand up for more that 15 minutes. I love working and using my hands now I feel so worthless as a person. Take care and God bless everyone. &n...
Even back pain caused by a spondylolisthesis and lumbar stenosis can be treated with physical therapy. Because spondylolisthesis and lumbar stenosis can cause nerve damage, surgery is the natural knee-jerk treatment option that people think about. Of course, surgical spinal fusion is the best option to stabilize the spine if the nerves are severely damaged and in jeopardy of further damage. But, what about a low grade spondylolisthesis and mild stenosis? Can surgery be avoided? Absolutely, the body is able to compensate for the misalignment of the passive, spinal structures with optimal functioning of the active, stabilizing muscles. That's right; bones, ligaments, and cartilage are passive structures that sometimes fail; thus, the muscles and nerves which actively control the muscles can compensate for the problem. The spine has two systems, the passive and the active system, which can balance each other out. This redundancy allows for one system to compensate for problems in the oth...
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