My apologies for being a slow poke! Do you by any chance have Neuro Lymes? Is it in the spinal fluid? Ever a lumbar puncture (spinal tap)?
I am familiar with "scraping". Funny thing is that in the Art World (spent 8 years working in a gallery)...we use a tool that's made kinda the same way, it's called a bone...to scrape out bumps & dents & to make thimgs go flat. Your PT is basically separating the muscles and kinda pulling them a bit from the ligaments, bone & tendons. Sounds unatural but it's alright...bu that's correct it's suppose to renew blood flow & increase circulation.
I've heard very little of degenerative discs being congenital. (yes it exists but is ususally diagnosed pretty young) Unless you are at a predisposition for osteopenia, and that could be quite possible. (an endocrine or metabolic disorder). Basically, I've seen alot of young YOUNG people (25...27 years old) in an osteopenic state; that's my only thoughts on it being congenital. I think it could be sports related. Athlete's bodies take a beatin'!
One sort of disease is coined "Acceleration-Deceleration Disease" which is found a lot in sports/falls/jolting motions/football players...etc.
**It would present as physical findings of pain, back & neck pain, pain at the exact location of injury, muscle rigidity, spasms**
But yeah, disc disease definitely causes complications such as contractures, deformity, Ankylosis (which I'll talk about in your new thread), bony cysts, spurs.
In young women there's a common thing called Sacral-Iliac joint dysfunction. And spondylolithsesis (which sounds a heck of a lot like what you have!) that affects athletic people.
As to what Lyme can do? What can it NOT do. Given the bacteria itself likes to spiral and drill it's way into joints...but the antibiotics can ALSO cause reactive arthritises! So where do we win?
I am glad you keep up with a PT.
I'll be sure to fil in the blanks as I read things over again.
The best to you,
Active, Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns. AS. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. Partial complex seizures. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung & Heart. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.