What is spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis occurs when a spinal bone (vertebra) slips out of proper alignment in comparison to the bone below it. It can cause a pinched nerve and long-lasting discomfort. Spondylolisthesis treatment at Spinal Stenosis and Disc Center, Inc. can offer you relief.

What are the symptoms of spondylolisthesis?

Some common signs and symptoms of spondylolisthesis include:

  • Muscle tightness
  • Low back pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Radiating pain

Symptoms might be mild, moderate, or severe. Some people don’t have any symptoms at all, but imaging procedures help your spine specialist detect spondylolisthesis.

What are the risk factors for spondylolisthesis?

While spondylolisthesis can happen to anybody, certain factors increase your risk of developing it. Examples include:

  • Arthritis
  • Disc diseases
  • Genetics
  • Birth defects
  • Age-related wear-and-tear
  • Overuse injuries
  • Older age
  • Being a woman
  • Bone diseases
  • Fractures

Being in a car accident and certain sports activities, such as football, weightlifting, and gymnastics also boost your risk of developing spondylolisthesis.

How is spondylolisthesis diagnosed?

To find out if you have spondylolisthesis, Dr. Le or Dr. Morgan reviews your symptoms and asks questions about your medical history. They complete a physical exam and might use X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, or other imaging procedures to diagnose your condition.

How is spondylolisthesis treated?

Spinal Stenosis and Disc Center, Inc. offers numerous spondylolisthesis treatments, including:

Physiotherapy

Stabilization exercises with physiotherapy help strengthen back and abdominal muscles to minimize spinal movement and discomfort.

Spinal decompression

Spine specialists at Spinal Stenosis and Disc Center, Inc. offer revolutionary DRX 9000™ technology for advanced spinal decompression (spinal traction), to alleviate nerve impingement, increase blood flow, and improve spinal alignment.

Epidural injections

Dr. Le or Dr. Morgan may recommend an epidural injection if they deem it appropriate. Steroid injections can reduce inflammation and discomfort associated with spondylolisthesis.

Don’t live with spondylolisthesis pain when noninvasive solutions are within each at Spinal Stenosis and Disc Center, Inc. Read more about spondylolisthesis by reading our article. Schedule your next appointment by phone or online today.