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.
No surgery! The surgeon feels that my condition isn’t emergent and therefore it’s best to start with a more conservative treatment:
- 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)
- physical therapy to strengthen the core.
No skiing for the foreseeable future, including the Christmas weekend trip to Stevens Pass. 😦