Spinal Update

As I mentioned on Monday, I’ve been diagnosed with a spinal condition called spondylolisthesis, and I’ve been waiting since Monday for the results of an MRI, which, once interpreted by a neurosurgeon, were to determine a course of treatment.

Along those lines, I finally heard from the doctor and have been given some good news and some not-so-good news.

Good News
No surgery! The surgeon feels that my condition isn’t emergent and therefore it’s best to start with a more conservative treatment:

  1. cortisone injection to reduce the inflammation impinging the spinal nerves at the base of the spinal cord, which will, hopefully, relieve the pain and other symptoms (tingling, weakness, and numbness)
  2. physical therapy to strengthen the core.

Not-so-good News
No skiing for the foreseeable future, including the Christmas weekend trip to Stevens Pass. 😦

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