What is Spondylolisthesis?
A spinal condition affecting the lower vertebrae of the spine, this disease causes one of the lower vertebrae to slide forward , pressing directly into the bone beneath it. Most patients describe it as a painful condition. Rest assured, Spondylolisthesis in considered easily treatable in most cases.
How is Spondylolisthesis treated?
Physicians typically treat Spondylolisthesis through a series of medical progressions. Some patients respond favorably early in the protocols and do not require advanced treatment. These modalities include
- Medications to manage the Pain,
A low grade painkiller such as acetaminophen, and/or NSAID’s (i.e. ibuprofen) or oral steroids to reduce inflammation
- Heat and/or ice
- Physical Therapy
- Manual manipulation
- Epidural steroid Injections
- Spondylolisthesis Surgery
Spinal fusion surgery for a degenerative spondylolisthesis typically has incredibly successful results, with more than 90% of patients improving function and enjoying substantial reductions in pain levels and discomfort. ALIF, PLIF, and TLIF can all be performed by physicians minimally invasively. For spondylolisthesis surgeries, many neurosurgical surgeons combine the use of different minimally-invasive and open procedures in a technique called “mini open.”