What is Spondylolisthesis?
- Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which a bone (vertebra) in the spine slips out of the proper position onto the bone below it.
- In adults, the most common cause is abnormal wear on the cartilage and bones, such as arthritis.
- Bone disease and fractures can also cause spondylolisthesis. Certain sports can lead to a stress fracture on one or both sides of the vertebra, which can cause a spinal bone to become weak and shift out of place.
- Symptoms include chronic lower back pain, hamstring muscle tightness, numbness or tingling in thighs and buttocks, tenderness and weakness in legs.
- In severe cases of spondylolisthesis, laser spine surgery is used as an option for treatment and in most cases yields significant positive results.
Types of Spondylolisthesis
There are many types of spondylolisthesis, with the most common being due to aging and wear-and-tear on the spine.
Treatments for Spondylolisthesis
Spine surgery might be necessary if the vertebra continues to slip or if your pain is not relieved by conservative treatment such as a back brace or physical therapy. The main goals of surgery for spondylolisthesis are to relieve the pain associated with an irritated nerve and to stabilize the spine where the vertebra has slipped out of place.
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