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Re: Spondolithesis
Jan 24, 2008
Hello Kevin ~

Welcome to the board. I just had surgery 2 weeks ago. Had a grade 1 spondy with stenosis at the L4-5 level. I spent about 3 years trying every treatment, therapy, alternative treatment, hoping that science would come up with a solution short of fusion. I consulted with 8 different spinal specialists: a physiatrist, 2 neurosurgeons and the rest were orthopedic surgeons. I had pain in my right leg from hip down to my toes, and the leg would go numb after standing for just a couple minutes. By the time I decided on surgery, I could only stand about a minute and could only walk for a couple minutes. I had started to drive to my mailbox at the end of the driveway to get my mail. The reason I could wait 3 years was because my pain would go away as soon as I sat down. I did not have pain when sleeping, lying down or sitting. But as soon as I got on my feet, the pain was intense.

Regarding the inversion table, it is a piece of exercise equipment that you lie on and can tip yourself upside down or various angles in between. The result is like hanging from your knees as a kid -- it works to decompress the vertebrae -- all day long gravity presses down on your spine, squishing the space out of the disc. By inverting yourself on this piece of equipment it helps your spine to decompress...theory being if you have a pinched nerve, this inversion helps to create a bit more space between the vertebrae. You can read about this piece of equipment on the 'net.

Feel free to ask any questions you have about the fusion process. It is fresh in my mind.:D

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