Spondylolisthesis Treatment From Spine Care Experts in Freehold, NJ
Spondylolisthesis is a spine condition in which one vertebra (spinal bone) slips out of alignment with the vertebrae immediately above and below it. Most often, it occurs in the lower back. While this condition is sometimes present at birth, it can also develop suddenly through trauma or gradually with repeated stress fractures, which often affect gymnasts.
What are the symptoms of spondylolisthesis?
Spondylolisthesis does not always cause discomfort or require spine care; in fact, some people who have this condition are completely unaware of it. When symptoms do occur, it is usually because the out-of-place vertebra is pressing on nearby nerve tissue. A compressed spinal nerve may produce pain that spreads across the lower back, much like a muscle strain. The pain may be accompanied by numbness and tingling sensations that travel down the length of one leg to the foot. Spondylolisthesis can also cause spasms in the hamstring muscles at the back of the thighs.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you are encouraged to consult with a medical professional who can provide a proper diagnosis and spine care recommendations. The spine specialists at Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute in Freehold, NJ, can help you feel better and return to your active lifestyle as quickly as possible.
How is spondylolisthesis treated?
Spine care for spondylolisthesis can vary based on a number of factors, including the extent of the vertebral slippage, the severity of the symptoms, and the patient’s age, overall health, and performance goals. After confirming the presence of a slipped vertebra, we may recommend:
- A break from sports and other activities that worsen the pain
- An over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as ibuprofen or naproxen, to help reduce pain and inflammation
- A prescription-strength pain reliever or NSAID to address symptoms that do not respond to over-the-counter remedies
- An epidural steroid injection to reduce severe inflammation and ease discomfort
- Physical therapy focused on strengthening the core muscles that support the spine
While surgical treatment for spondylolisthesis is usually unnecessary, we may discuss surgery to address a vertebra that continues to slip or pain that interferes with daily activities. For instance, one of our board-certified, fellowship-trained spine surgeons may suggest a minimally invasive spinal fusion procedure to help stabilize the spine at the point where the vertebra has slipped out of place.
If you’d like to learn more about the spine care options we offer for spondylolisthesis, contact AOSMI today.