5 Important Facts About Spondylolisthesis

5 Important Facts About Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which a vertebra has moved out of place. When one of these spinal bones moves onto the vertebra below, it puts pressure on certain nerves — causing serious low back and/or leg pain.

At Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care, our team of spine and pain specialists are well-equipped to help you overcome spondylolisthesis and resolve the discomfort and dysfunction it can cause. Usually spondylolisthesis can be treated successfully so you go on to live a full and healthy life. 

Here are five important facts to know about this back condition so you go into diagnosis and treatment well informed. 

1. Spondylolisthesis is relatively common

About 4%-6% of the population has spondylolisthesis. The condition doesn’t always cause serious symptoms and you may not even know you have it.  

Spondylolisthesis can be present from birth, happen as a result of a crack or fracture in a weak bone, or occur as you age. 

2. Surgery isn’t the first treatment

Nonsurgical treatments like rest, pain medications, bracing, and physical therapy are often successful in relieving mild cases of spondylolisthesis. We sometimes provide epidural corticosteroids if symptoms persist. 

Severe spondylolisthesis may require surgery, especially if noninvasive treatments fail to help you get relief. Surgery can relieve pain from irritated nerves, stabilize your spine, and restore your function. 

Surgery involves spinal decompression and sometimes spinal fusion. In most cases, surgery completely eradicates pain and restores full function and movement.

3. Healthy lifestyle reduces your risk of spondylolisthesis

You can reduce your risk of spondylolisthesis by maintaining a healthy weight, eating a well-balanced diet to keep your bones nourished, and exercising your core muscles regularly. 

If you have recovered from surgery for spondylolisthesis these steps can help prevent a recurrence of the condition. We also recommend regular check-ups to monitor the state of your spine so we can intervene early and prevent serious pain. 

4. Sometimes the best treatment is no treatment

If your spondylolisthesis is stable, not causing pain, and the vertebra not slipping forward anymore, and isn't causing pain, you may not need any treatment. When a flare-up of pain happens, we may recommend you take a few days off from vigorous exercise and maybe a day or two of bed rest. 

When you find certain activities cause a flare-up, the easiest pain-management strategy is to avoid those activities. Common movements that put a lot of stress on the low back can aggravate spondylolisthesis; these include wrestling, football, and gymnastics.

5. Spondylolisthesis doesn’t have to take over your life

While spondylolisthesis does cause back pain, it’s not a dangerous condition that compromises your entire quality of life. Often medications and physical therapy help you manage the condition successfully and if you do need surgery, it has an incredibly high success rate. Once managed, you can return to an active lifestyle and full function. 

If you suffer from back pain, contact one of the offices of Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care in Plano, Texas, today. We can give you a diagnosis, whether it’s spondylolisthesis or another condition, and offer management of pain and treatment. 

Call the most convenient location or use the online tool to schedule a consultation to find out how we can help you.

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