Is this person experiencing low back pain?

Asymptomatic Spondylolisthesis in a Pregnant Women

Image provided by Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy.  JOSPT 2010;40(5):324. doi10.2519/2010.0407.

When my patients in Paramus and Ridgewood tell me they are nervous about their MRI results.   I often have to reassure my patients that every physical therapist or physician must match the MRI with a thorough history and clinical examination in order to arrive at a accurate diagnosis.   Only then can you truly pursue the most appropriate plan of treatment.

In this case the patient had suffered a fall as an infant at the age of 2 that probably caused this high-grade spondylolisthesis, but only had her first episode of low back pain at the age of 18 that resolved with physical therapy care.

Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus, NJ provides orthopedic and sports physical therapy services for the greater Ridgewood, Paramus, and Bergen County region.  This blog is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. The views expressed here are the author’s views and should be taken as suggestions. Always consult your doctor or healthcare practitioner before engaging in a physical therapy or rehabilitative program.