The next step after receiving a spondylolisthesis diagnosis
If you have recently been diagnosed with spondylolisthesis, you most likely have several questions about the condition and the next steps to take to find a treatment for your condition.
At Laser Spine Institute, we understand the confusion that surrounds being diagnosed with a spine condition. We are committed to patient-centered care, especially providing patients with education about their condition to help fight anxiety and uncertainty surrounding their spine health.
If you have been diagnosed with spondylolisthesis and you are unsure about what to do next, we hope the information we provide can help you find the answers you need to make an informed decision about your spine care.
Symptoms of spondylolisthesis
For patients already diagnosed with spondylolisthesis, you are likely already experiencing some symptoms of the condition. The symptoms of spondylolisthesis may vary, depending on the classification of spondylolisthesis and the severity of the condition. The most common symptoms include:
- Back pain at the site of the condition
- Radiating pain in the arms or legs
- Difficulty walking or standing for extended periods of time
- Numbness or tingling in the extremities
- In more severe and rare cases, patients may lose control of bladder and bowel function
If you do not seek treatment for your condition, your symptoms may worsen and result in a decrease in quality of life and ability to perform daily activities.
First step after your spondylolisthesis diagnosis
The first step after you are diagnosed with spondylolisthesis is to research the treatment options available to you. Consult your doctor to determine the best treatment options to fit your condition and your lifestyle.
You should consider conservative treatments options as your first step to find relief. Conservative treatment options for spondylolisthesis include:
- Chiropractic care
- Physical therapy
- Pain medication
- Epidural steroid injection
- Stretches and exercises
Most conservative treatments can be done in conjunction with one another. Consult your doctor to determine a treatment plan that will bring you the best results for pain relief.
If you have tried conservative treatments and have not yielded lasting results, you may be recommended to undergo a surgical treatment option for your spondylolisthesis. Patients concerned about the risks and difficulties associated with traditional open back surgery should learn more about the safer and effective minimally invasive spine surgery performed at Laser Spine Institute.^ We have helped thousands of patients find relief at our outpatient centers across the United States. Contact our dedicated team today to learn more.
We’ll be happy to provide a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.