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Surgery alternative!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,002
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Alternative Treatments
Hi all ~ newbie here. I'm pleased to find this forum to talk with others for support. It's been such a lonely time for me all this time with no where to turn since I don't know anyone directly who's going thru what I have been.

I'm curious what kinds of alternatives to another surgery there might be? Specifically, is there a way to NON-surgically realign a slipped vertibrae if you have spondylolisthesis? Also, curious if spinal decompression therapy is a reliable option? I had a L4-5 discectomy years ago for a ruptured / herniated disc. Things only got worse after the surgery. Unable to work since, was told by 2 neurosurgeons that I need more surgery (fusion) and I'm not happy about it in the least. The thought just turns my stomach! I'm always in pain ~ feels like someone mule-kicked my lower back. I have DDD at L4-5 and spondylolisthesis with pains shooting down my left leg and intermittent numbness / tingling in my foot with some atrophy and weakness in my left leg. Had another MRI today for an update since symptoms are getting worse. I suspect stenosis with pressure on a nerve. Don't have the results yet. I know the disc is flat as a pancake. I'm really worried but hope that I can put off surgery without subjecting myself to irreversible damage. When I get the full MRI report I'll post detailed findings.

Just wondering what other options I have besides surgery.
Anyone here had any success with anything? Thanks for reading my post. I wish everyone well.

Be well & live strong :)))


  • Hi there,

    I'm a big advocate of spinal decompression therapy. It has something like an 85% success rate. Also, it's painless, so you won't do yourself any harm even if it doesn't work for you. Just keep in mind that it won't work if you'd had a fusion surgery.
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