Spondylolisthesis — the next step after a spondylolisthesis diagnosis
At Laser Spine Institute, we understand the confusion that surrounds a spine condition diagnosis. We believe that many patients find comfort in education about their condition; for many patients, research drives out fear and uncertainty surrounding their health. That is why we continually strive for patient-centered care. That means that our surgeons and nurses spend one-on-one time with each patient to describe the spine condition and the treatment options available to each patient.
If you have been diagnosed with spondylolisthesis and you are unsure about what to do next, we encourage you to read through our pages and find the answers you need to make an informed decision about your spine care. Our care team is here to help you every step of the way.
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 severe, rare cases patients may lose control of bladder and bowel
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. If you do not treat your condition, you risk your condition and symptoms worsening with time. Spondylolisthesis is not a spine condition that heals itself with time. Consult your physician 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
- Steroid injection
- Stretches and exercises
Most conservative treatments can be done in conjunction with one another. Consult your physician to determine a treatment regimen that will bring you the best results for pain relief.
If you have tried conservative treatments and have not yielded lasting results, you may want to consider a surgical treatment option for your spondylolisthesis. You can opt for traditional open back surgery or a safer, more effective minimally invasive stabilization surgery at Laser Spine Institute. We have helped over 60,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain, and we are confident that our minimally invasive procedures can help you find relief, too.