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 often worsens after exercise. Other symptoms include decreasing 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 non-surgical 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
Contact Midwest Spine & Brain Institute at 1.800.353.7720 for a complete evaluation of your painful spine condition. Our Minneapolis spine surgeons have been treating patients with Spondylolisthesis for decades and have the expertise needed to treat your spinal condition.