My mom was operated for a cervical herniated disc in 2003, titanium screws were implanted to her lumbar 4 and 5 to secure its place at the same time bone grafting from her right hip was done to replace degenerated disc between the vertebrae to stimulate bone healing. My siblings and I together with our Dad and husbands were allowed to witness the operation through the viewing room. I saw how the operation was done from start to finish. The operation was a total success! Thanks to Dr. T. Castro, one the best Ortho-surgeon in the country.
Lately, my mom is again suffering from lower back pain. Through x-ray results and symptoms described, she was diagnosed with Spondylolisthesis – retrolisthesis or the backward slippage of her bones in her Lumbar 4 and 5.
She was prescribed with anti-inflammatory medications and pain relievers at the same time she was advised to undergo a series of physical therapy sessions. Due to my mom’s present age of 70, to undergo a physical therapy is the most conservative and first/initial treatment given to her based on the symptoms occurred, as the therapy can help to intensify movement of the lumbar spine and hamstrings and will as well strengthen her core abdominal muscles.
The following are my mom’s initial treatment and prescription:
1. 16 sessions of Physical Therapy Treatment which includes:
a. Intermittent pelvic traction (a device is used to do the traction for 20 minutes)
b. Therapeutic Ultra sound thermal treatment, massage. Deep heating for pain relief
c. therapeutic exercises – please see my Williams’ Flexion Exercises post.
d. TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
2. Continued use of her customized back braces.
3. Complete Bed Rest while under medication, her medicines makes her sleepy, enough to get her rested
4. Daily stretching and flexion exercises.
5. Medications – daily intake pain relievers and anti-inflammatory/muscle relaxants
6. No long walks, no bending, no lifting and no strenuous activities.
After the 16 sessions of her PT Treatment we will get back to Dr. Castro to find out if the therapy had worked out, IF NOT then SURGERY is the next option :(.