Spondylolisthesis is a spinal disorder in which a vertebra slips forward over the vertebra below it. The symptoms of spondylolisthesis include lower back or leg pain, hamstring tightness, and numbness and tingling in the legs. In advanced cases, severe compression of the nerve can lead to bowel problems and lack of bladder control. If you or a loved one has been experiencing any of the symptoms of spondylolisthesis, consult an spine surgeon to discuss possible treatment options. The physicians participating in the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line in Plano specialize in treating various types of spine conditions including spondylolisthesis. Read on to find out spondylolisthesis and its causes and treatment options.
What Causes Spondylolisthesis?
The causes of spondylolisthesis vary based on age, heredity, and lifestyle. Here are a few causes of Spondylolisthesis you need to keep in mind:
- Birth defect in the pars interarticularis bone of the spine
- Infection or disease in the spinal vertebrae
- History of repetitive trauma or hyperextension of the lower back or lumbar spine
- Large force applied on the spine during strenuous activities such as gymnastics, weight lifting, and football
Depending on the severity of the condition, a spine surgeon may suggest a number of treatment options:
- Medications – Pain medications such as acetaminophen, NSAIDs, and COX-2 inhibitors, or oral steroids to reduce inflammation in the affected area.
- Heat and/or Ice Therapy – Ice is recommended to relieve pain directly after an activity that caused the pain. Heat is used to relax the muscles and promote blood flow.
- Chiropractic manipulation – Manual or Chiropractic manipulation from osteopathic doctors, or other trained professionals, may help reduce pain.
- Physical Therapy – Stretching exercises, especially for the hamstring, can help relieve pain. The exercise regime needs to be controlled and gradually increase over time.
- Spondylolisthesis Surgery – Depending on the clinical situation and progression of the condition, the surgeon may recommend microdiscectomy or spinal fusion.
What are Your Options?
If you or someone you know has been noticing symptoms of spondylolisthesis, it is advisable to avoid physically-demanding activities that can increase the stress on the vertebrae. If you are looking for spondylolisthesis treatment in Plano, contact Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center. We can connect you with a number of spine surgeons specialized in treating spondylolisthesis. To book an appointment with an experienced spondylolisthesis expert, simply call +1 888-608-4762 or fill out our online appointment form.
NOTE: Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic.