Symptoms Gone!!I had spondylolisthesis, grade II and I believe I still have it, but who cares what I have really, all I care about is that my symptoms are gone. It started with a slip/fall and probably other various injuries adding up. I then got numbness and tingling in both legs going down to my feet. I started to not be able to control when I used the bathroom. I also would have spontaneous arousal, which doesn't sound like a bad thing unless it is at the wrong time it can be a difficulty for sure. I couldn't handle the pain and symptoms anymore, so I decided I would get the surgey and they would do some sort of fusion surgery that just sounded less than ideal to me. Before my surgery I decided to go see a Chiropractor and this Dr. looked at my x-rays and tried some adjustments and different treatments, to my dismay it really didn't help much at all. The pain would be decreased for a few hours, but nothing long lasting that is for sure and I felt like I was wasting my time yet again with another Dr. and paying the copays for it. So I went in one more time to get my films and such and tell them that I was done with treatment. This time I was referred to see another Dr. as mine was not available. This young Dr. looked at my films and asked me about my symptoms and he said I think I may have something that could work for you. I told him I tried Chiropractic care and it didn't work, he said this isn't Chiropractic it is Spinal Rehabilitation that is designed specifically to reduce the Spondylolisthesis. I said ok I will give it one week to see what it can do for me. I came in for three visits and he gave me some exercises with wedges and weights to do at home so I was doing rehab 7 days a week and I did it twice per day. I figured I would do as much as possible at this last ditch effort so that I could say I gave it a good try and I would then have no regrets after the surgery even if it didn't work. To my suprise each day I did the exercises the symptoms reduced a small amount, by the end of the week I noticed a measurable improvment so I decided to stick with it for another week. At the end of the second week 80%!!!!! of my symptoms were gone. I couldn't believe it!!!! Everything was working much better and I continued to do the exercises, I still do the exercises even to this day, but now I only do them 3 times a week. The post x-ray shows a slight reduction in my spondylolisthesis but who cares what the image shows I just care that my symptoms are gone. I can't thank that young Dr. enough who helped me out and I am so glad he took those specific rehab classes that showed how to help my condition. I was his first patient that had extreme symptoms, he even told me he wasn't sure about what my results would be, but I was glad he was honest with me and was able to help me out as well.
menclc 31-35 0 Jun 1, 2012