Spondylolisthesis occurs when one ore more of the vertebra in your spine ‘slips’ forward or backward compared to the next vertebra. Spondylolisthesis can be a serious condition, leading to a deformity of the spine as well as a narrowing of the spinal canal (central spinal stenosis) or compression of the exiting nerve roots (foraminal stenosis). The most common symptom of spondylolisthesis is lower back pain which oftentimes becomes worse after exercising. Other symptoms include a decreased range of motion in the lower back and tightening of the hamstrings. Patients may experience pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in the legs. Severe nerve compression can cause loss of control of bowel or bladder function, or cauda equina syndrome.
Spondylolisthesis Treatment Options
Conservative measures to consider include rest, anti-inflammatory medications, physician therapy and/or steroid injections to alleviate the discomfort. For patients whose symptoms do not improve with conservative treatment, a surgical procedure such as a decompression or fusion may be recommended.
Spondylolisthesis Surgery in Minnesota
Complete the ‘Request an Appointment’ section on this page, or contact Midwest Spine & Brain Institute at 1.800.353.7720 for a complete evaluation. Our Twin Cities spine surgeons will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for your spine condition.