SUFFERING FROM SPONDYLOLISTHESIS?
Champey Pain and Spine may be able to help you.
Spondylolisthesis is a disorder of the spine caused by a vertebra which has slipped forward onto the bone below it. This condition is most common in the lower lumbar region but can occur anywhere along the spine. There are various types of spondylolisthesis, however, the two most common are degenerative and spondylolytic.
WHAT IS SPONDYLOLISTHESIS?
Spondylolisthesis can be caused by a number of different joint issues including trauma or injury, overuse, or extra stress on the spine due to excess weight. Depending on the grade or severity of spondylolisthesis, patients may not experience any symptoms. In many cases, however, spondylolisthesis can result in pain, tingling or numbness that radiates down the leg or arm, muscle spasms, back or neck pain and mobility issues. In extreme cases, it is possible for incontinence to occur if the nerves of the bowels and bladder are affected.
Wondering if you might be suffering from spondylolisthesis? Try our 30 second online Pain Assessment Tool to find out. One of our Patient Advocates will be in touch within one business day to discuss your pain.
HOW DO YOU TREAT SPONDYLOLISTHESIS?
Recommended treatment options for spondylolisthesis vary depending on your overall health, age and the severity of symptoms and condition. As a first step, you will need to undergo a physical exam and tests, such as an X-ray, to confirm the extent of vertebral slippage.
Conservative management of the condition will usually consist of plenty of rest, combined with the use of pain and anti-inflammatory medication. Other options include the combination of pain management techniques, such as steroid injections, prescription medication, and physical therapy to stabilize the spinal column and strengthen muscles. If symptoms are severe and more conservative approaches have failed to provide substantial relief, surgery may be considered.
If you suspect you have spondylolisthesis, take our short Treatment Assessment Tool to tell us a little about what, if anything, you've tried to treat your pain. One of our qualified team members will be in touch within one business day to discuss possible treatment options.