More information about spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis is a spine condition involving forward movement, or slippage, of the vertebrae. While this condition does not necessarily cause symptoms, they can develop if a nerve is pinched by the vertebra sliding out of place. There are a number of underlying causes of spondylolisthesis, but two of the most frequent are stress fractures and age-related degeneration. In rare cases, birth defects, traumatic injury, infection or bone disease can cause the slippage.

The most commonly diagnosed type of this condition is called isthmic spondylolisthesis. It is usually caused by a stress fracture on a very small bone in the spinal joints. When this break occurs, very often on younger people experiencing rapid growth, it makes it easy for the connected vertebra to gradually slip forward out of the spinal column. During the development of spondylolisthesis, the movement of a vertebra can interfere with nerves in the spinal canal, causing painful symptoms like lower back pain, numbness and weakness as well as muscle spasms and stiffness in the lower body.

Degenerative spondylolisthesis is commonly found in older adults who have been diagnosed with other degenerative spine conditions, like spinal arthritis or stenosis. A degenerative spine condition develops due to the natural aging process of the spine. Strain from everyday activities makes parts of the spine worsen over time. As a result, discs shrink, ligaments harden and the cartilage on joints wears out, creating the unstable conditions that allow a vertebra to slip forward out of place.

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Finding lasting relief from spondylolisthesis

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By using a small incision and muscle-sparing techniques, our highly skilled surgeons are able to access the spine and stabilize the weakened area, in order to provide you with the lasting relief you desire. To find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spondylolisthesis surgery, reach out to us today and ask for a no-cost MRI review.* We are here to help you recapture your quality of life.