Spondylolisthesis

How Do I Know if I Have Spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis can be caused by a number of different joint issues, including congenital defects, trauma to the joints, overuse, or stress on your joints from excess weight.

Patients may not experience any symptoms if vertebral slippage is slight. In many cases, however, spondylolisthesis can cause the following symptoms:

  • Pain, tingling or numbness that radiates down the leg or arm
  • Muscle spasms
  • Back or neck pain
  • Decreased mobility
  • Incontinence, if the nerves of the bowels/bladder are affected

Do I Have Spondylolisthesis?

What is the Right Treatment for Me?

The kind of treatment that we recommend for patients experiencing spondylolisthesis can vary. If you are a patient at Southern Laser Spine, you will undergo an exam to test your range-of-motion and an x-ray to confirm the extent of vertebral slippage.

The kind of treatment needed is generally based on factors like overall health, age and the severity of symptoms you have experienced. Our first approach is conservative treatment of your condition. This can include:

  • Rest
  • anti-inflammatory medication
  • steroid injections
  • physical therapy

We may recommend surgery if your symptoms are severe or worsen and more conservative approaches do not provide you with enough relief.

Surgical treatments can include laminectomy, where the lamina portion of the vertebra is removed; or spinal fusion, which fuses together parts of the spine to stabilize it.

If you have questions about treating your condition, make an appointment for a consultation with us to determine the best course of action.

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