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Posted by Betsy McKenna
on October 22, 1999 at 13:54:28:
In Reply to: Spondylolisthesis posted by Reatha Simon on October 04, 1999 at 04:05:51:
: My stepson has been diagnosed with spondylolisthesis. He is only 17 years old and is active in sports. He is living at a military boarding school, so we would like as much information as we can get since he is so far away. They are sugesting that he may need surgury. Any information regarding this condition would be greatly appreciatedl I haven't found anything on the net so far.
My 15 year-old daughter was diagnosed in September and has been in physical therapy since then. It is being recommended for her to continue this for several more weeks. Also, she has been given exercises that she must do daily to continue to strenghten the muscles in her back. Her problem was discovered due to a fall that she took in August. She has had rather persistent muscle spasms in the back which are sometimes severe. This is causing problems with her hips as well. Next week, she will begin to wear a sacroiliac belt with a pad to "hold things in place" until her back is strong enough to do the work itself. The next step for her with be a back brace. For us, surgury will be the last resort. Our doctor(the second) does not feel that this age group should be operated on unless there is no other choice. Good luck with your stepson and if you have any additional information you can share with me, I would appreciate hearing from you. So far, I haven't found anything else on the Net either.
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