Treatment for Spondylolisthesis
The vertebrae in the spine are vulnerable to stress fractures that can impact the spine structure. When a vertebra succumbs to a stress fracture, or spondylolysis, it can slip forward and impact the spine. This condition is called spondylolisthesis, which can cause pain and mobility issues. Our team at Caliber Pain™ offers treatment for spondylolisthesis at our medical clinic in New York City.
Causes of Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis
In most cases, spondylolysis is a precursor to spondylolisthesis. It is most common in the lumbar spine, affecting vertebrae in the lower back. Spondylolysis occurs when the thin part of the vertebrae that connects the facet joint cracks. This can be caused by repeated overextension and pressure, usually from sports like weightlifting or gymnastics. Once the vertebra is weakened from the fracture, it can slip forward, causing spondylolisthesis.
Symptoms of Spondylolisthesis
Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis are more common in adolescents and teens whose bones are still developing, but these conditions can occur at any age. Spondylolysis, or vertebrae fracture, can occur without symptoms, and continued movement and stress can lead to vertebrae slippage or spondylolisthesis. Symptoms may include:
- Lower back pain
- Stiffness in the low back
- Muscle spasms in the lower back
- Radiating pain into the buttocks and legs
- Limited mobility – pain when walking or standing
Conservative treatments can be used for the treatment of spondylolisthesis. Rest, NSAIDS, physical therapy and back braces may be used to allow the vertebrae fracture to heal and reposition. For pain relief, corticosteroid injections may be used to reduce inflammation. Surgery is only recommended when conservative treatment is ineffective.
If you or your child has spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis, contact our team at Caliber Pain™ to schedule an evaluation and consultation with one of our spine and pain specialists. We can offer treatment for spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis at our clinic in Midtown Manhattan.