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What is retrolisthesis of l2 on l3

By Medical Reviewer Question: Who to see next for retrolisthesis? I have had tolerable back pain for many years. It has gotten progressively worse over the years. I started to see a chiropractor in January. He provided some relief but I stopped in April due to a work schedule.

  • In working situation, where the sitter has to lean forward over the desk, it is periodically useful for him to lean backwards Firmness of seat;
  • The following is recommended to prevent degenerative retrolisthesis;
  • The L4-5 level demonstrates degenerative endplate changes with Grade I retrolisthesis with disc bulge;
  • Non-surgical treatment includes repositioning, Robb myofascial release, nutritional supplementation, micro current therapy, water therapy etc;
  • A distance of 2 millimeters or more is a sign of retrolisthesis;
  • Retrolisthesis is a posterior or backward slippage, and spondylolisthesis sometimes called anterolisthesis is an anterior or forward slip.

Sometime in late May, I started to experience massive pain in my left toes. My back pain is on my left side, and the pain is so intense I almost pass out. I had a meeting with a neurologist who tested my reflexes and then sent me for an EMG test, which resulted negative.

  1. Usually a firm rather than hard support is more comfortable Driving posture. Computers and other electronic gadgets must be used while maintaining the correct ergonomics in mind.
  2. Blood Tests to Confirm Degenerative Retrolisthesis.
  3. The role of the lumbar facet joints in spinal stability. Spinal surgery aims to reduce slippage, pain, instability, and more.
  4. Orientation of the lumbar facet joints. Retrolisthesis hyper loads at least one disc and puts shearing forces of the anterior longitudinal ligament, the annular rings, nucleus pulposus and cartilage end plate ligament.

I had X-rays of my feet and left side by both an arthritis specialist and orthopedic surgeon. I also had an MRI done, which resulted as follows: The L3-4 level demonstrates Grade I retrolisthesis. I have a mild degree of canal stenosis. The L4-5 level demonstrates degenerative endplate changes with Grade I retrolisthesis with disc bulge.

  1. One must use a comfortable ergonomic friendly chair in office which provides complete support to the spine.
  2. With a retrolisthesis there is always a less than ideal positioning of spinal segments.
  3. The most important tip is to bend the hips and push the chest out, pointing forward. The IVF's contents include spinal sensory and motor nerves, arteries, veins and lymphatic vessels which cater to the nutritional and waste removal needs of the spinal cord.

I returned to chiropractic care in June and experienced more pain than I could handle and stopped the care. I started to take two drugs, Celebrex 200mg and Neurontin 300mg in July and was pain free until I started minor exercise therapy.

Now the pain is back with a vengeance, and I stopped the therapy this week. The pain comes in any position, sitting, standing, lying down in bed or walking. It is inconsistent, without warning, at any time of day. The pain is off the charts, I can only say it feels like touching my toes to an exposed electrical wire.

I am about to take a small regiment of Prednisone as prescribed by my doctor. Please steer me in the right direction. Who do I see next? See a what is retrolisthesis of l2 on l3 specialist for retrolisthesis and joint dysfunction The pain you are describing sounds mechanical in nature.

Pain that comes and goes is often related to joint dysfunction. It can be very frustrating and difficult to both accurately diagnose and treat. If this is also associated with foraminal stenosis, you could be having some nerve root pinching which could account for your leg pain. Mechanical back pain and joint dysfunction are usually best handled with joint manipulation and exercise. Your treatment so far sounds appropriate, but you may want to try a different manual therapist a physical therapist with manipulation training, a different chiropractor, or an osteopathic physician.

It is encouraging that for a period of time you were pain-free. Be patient, and expect to go through setbacks as you continue your rehabilitation.


If you fail to make progress with rehabilitation, you should be seen and evaluated by a spine specialist to see if there is any significant nerve root pinching that can account for your pain.

If there is a pinched nerveyou may be a candidate for an injection or possibly a surgical decompression. These responses represent the opinion of one physician, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the broader medical community.