You Can’t Spell and Don’t Want Spondylolisthesis
- Posted on: Jan 15 2019
Our spines are amazing. First off, they allow use to separate ourselves from Rover sitting behind you and other animals and walk around upright. Of course, there are times when we wish we couldn’t do that.
One such case is when one vertebra slips in forward out of its normal location and onto the vertebra beneath it. Spondylolisthesis.
Spondylolisthesis usually causes pain when the nearby spinal nerves are compressed by this displacement. That’s when it’s time to come see us at DFW Center for Spinal Disorders.
What is spondylolisthesis?
Spondylolisthesis is when one of our vertebrae displaces. It usually occurs in the lumbar region of the spine, the lowest portion that connects the spine into the hips. These are the vertebrae numbered L1-L5, and they typically bear the most weight of the entire spinal column. Radiologists grade the condition according to the amount of slippage that has occurred grade: grade 1 being the mildest and grade IV the most serious.
What are the symptoms of spondylolisthesis?
Believe it not, despite this displacement of a vertebra, some people with spondylolisthesis are completely asymptomatic. More than likely, however, you’ll know something is wrong. These are common symptoms:
- Lower back pain
- Upper leg pain
- Leg weakness
- Pain in the buttocks
- Tight hamstrings
- Extreme tenderness at the slippage area
- Stiffness, numbness, or tingling in the area
How we treat spondylolisthesis
Our first course of treatment is pain management, followed by rehabilitation. This generally includes a regimen of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and physical therapy for up to six months. If these conservative treatments don’t alleviate your pain, surgery could be the best solution.
Surgery to treat spondylolisthesis is fusion. This surgery fuses the vertebra that has displaced to the vertebra beneath it. This involves removing the spinal disc, placing bone grafting material and metal implants, along with rods to stabilize the fusion. We are able to usually perform this surgery endoscopically, making for a shorter recovery.
Do you have symptoms of spondylolisthesis? Call the team at DFW Center for Spinal Disorders, (817) 916-4685, and let’s check you out.
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