What this means to us is that patients who have symptoms that can be clearly attributed to their spondylolisthesis should first be educated about their condition. Next they should consider physical therapy and lifestyle changes that we believe are associated with improvements in back pain. If they continue to have pain they should consider a selective nerve root block to temporarily reduce the inflammation in the nerve roots — as long as this is seen as a bridge to making physical therapy more tolerable. Surgery should only be considered when the patient has continued symptoms that do not improve with physical therapy or medical management.
In this strategy, teachers gather different items relevant to a variety of fairy tales, comic book stories, and movies. Each Fairy Tale Grab Bag is full of evidence related to a particular story. For example, the Snow White bag has an apple, a mirror, a diagram of a heart … you get the idea. Students work in groups to create a thesis statement based on the story and the items in the bag. For example, one group of students wrote about Snow White: Snow White is not very smart because she eats food offered to her by a complete stranger, walks in the woods alone, and lives with seven men that she doesn't know . To keep things light and engaging, we both wear costumes (Gretchen dresses as Little Red Riding Hood, while Corey comes as an evil witch).