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Last updated: Oct 6, 2021

Spondylolisthesis

Since your back supports your entire body and there are so many different parts to the spine, you must seek diagnosis and treatment from back pain specialists experienced in treating conditions such as spondylolisthesis and other debilitating conditions. Spondylolisthesis causes low back pain and mobility issues. The best treatment for spondylolisthesis in northern New Jersey is at Redefine Healthcare, with four convenient locations in Union, Paterson, Edison, and Clifton. Don’t suffer any longer than necessary. Call today for a consultation.

Spondylolisthesis TreatmentSpondylolisthesis is a painful condition that occurs when vertebrae at the base of your spine slip out of position. The slipped vertebrae often press or pinch nerves and cause pain in the lower back and legs. But spondylolisthesis is usually treatable with therapy or surgery, which is always a last resort.

Whenever you experience back pain, seek accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment from pain management experts, such as those at Redefine Healthcare in northern New Jersey.

 

With so many things that can go wrong with your back, you can rely on the experience and training of doctors familiar with your current condition.

Types of Spondylolisthesis

A proper diagnosis of spondylolisthesis guides your treatment. There are several types of spondylolisthesis.

The most common types include:

  • Congenital spondylolisthesis. Also known as dysplastic spondylolisthesis, this type of spondylolisthesis occurs when a congenital disability causes the vertebrae in your lower back to slip out of place.
  • Degenerative spondylolisthesis. Degenerative spondylolisthesis is most common in those over the age of 50. As joints in the spine age, they become weaker and allow vertebrae to slip out of alignment. This type of spondylolisthesis occurs more often in women than men.
  • Isthmic spondylolisthesis. This type of spondylolisthesis occurs due to isthmus fracture. Isthmus is a small bone piece connecting the joints at the back of the spine. If a portion of the isthmus is fractured, vertebrae are more likely to slide or slip out of place.
  • Traumatic spondylolisthesis. An injury causes traumatic spondylolisthesis. This condition occurs most often in athletes who play strenuous impact sports, such as football, or other sports like gymnastics that push the vertebrae out of alignment.
  • Pathological spondylolisthesis. If disease or infection weakens your spine, allowing vertebrae to slip, that type of spondylolisthesis is known as pathological spondylolisthesis.

Symptoms of Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis has many symptoms, often mimicking those of other spine conditions, such as a herniated disc, piriformis syndrome or sciatica.

Symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty walking or running
  • Weakness in your legs
  • Lower back pain, especially when twisting
  • Pain in the buttocks
  • Tight hamstring muscles
  • Tingling in the legs or feet

Diagnosis of Spondylolisthesis

It’s possible to have spondylolisthesis and not have any symptoms. In these instances, we sometimes diagnose spondylolisthesis at yearly exams. However, in most cases, you’ll first notice lower back pain and often are unsure of the cause.

To diagnose spondylolisthesis, your doctor performs a physical exam of your spine and asks you questions about your pain and symptoms. If he suspects spondylolisthesis, your doctor orders an x-ray of your spine to determine the location and severity of the slipped bone. From there, your doctor can usually prescribe treatment, although they will need additional imaging tests in some cases.

How to Treat Spondylolisthesis

Treatment for spondylolisthesis usually includes at-home care and therapy, although surgery may be necessary as a last resort in rare cases. However, don’t begin any self-care measure without a proper diagnosis and clear instructions from your doctor targeting your specific problem. Spondylolisthesis treatment therapies include:

  • Physical therapy. This treatment type improves flexibility and strengthens your back, shoulder, and core muscles to prevent future injury. Strengthening those supporting muscles also relieves pressure on your spine, providing pain relief while you heal. Core strengthening exercises also prevent further back injuries.
  • Medication. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen reduce swelling and help you manage pain, especially before therapy has started. For severe pain, your New Jersey pain specialist may order stronger prescription medication for short-term use.
  • Weight loss. Excess weight puts undue stress on your joints and spine. If you’re overweight, your doctor may suggest a safe weight-loss program that’s right for you.
  • Avoid painful activities. Until the pain has lessened, you should stop any activities that aggravate your pain. That may include sitting or standing for long periods or certain types of exercise, such as running or biking.
  • Surgery. We only use surgery to treat spondylolisthesis in rare cases, such as severe spinal damage. Thanks to the most up-to-date techniques used by pain management specialists, most surgical procedures are done arthroscopically, reducing risks and recovery time.

Northern New Jersey pain management doctors are passionate about helping you feel your best. If you’re suffering from lower back pain or are concerned about spondylolisthesis, contact Redefine Healthcare today to schedule an appointment and get your pain management treatment underway.

This page was published on Oct 9, 2019, modified on Oct 6, 2021 by Dr. Freeman (Pain Management Specialist) of Redefine Healthcare
Dr. Eric D. Freeman, a highly regarded pain specialist

Dr. Eric D. Freeman, a highly regarded pain specialist in New Jersey, is board-certified and fellowship-trained in Interventional Spine and Pain Management and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is an expert in minimally invasive spinal procedures and non-surgical orthopedic care.

Dr. Freeman is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Interventional Pain Practice Society. In addition, he serves as the Immediate Past President of the New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. Dr. Freeman is well-known in the field of pain management as a leading pain management doctor, having been named one of "America's Top Physicians."

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