Four anti-inflammatory treatment options for spondylolisthesis
One of the main goals of spondylolisthesis treatment is to reduce inflammation in the spine. When a spinal vertebra slips out of place, it can compress a spinal nerve or nerve root, or even the spinal cord itself. This can lead to significant inflammation and pain.
Reducing inflammation in the spine
While surgery may be recommended to treat spondylolisthesis, it is usually considered only as a last resort. Before reaching that point, many physicians recommend a variety of conservative (nonsurgical) spondylolisthesis treatment options to help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. These options may include:
- Prescription anti-inflammatory medications taken orally
- Long-acting corticosteroid injections delivered directly into the epidural space of the spine
What to do if nonsurgical treatment is inadequate
Many people who use these anti-inflammatory spondylolisthesis treatment options notice a significant improvement in their symptoms. However, there are some instances in which the results are minimal and the pain persists despite conservative treatment. If this happens, surgical treatment might become a consideration. Unlike nonsurgical treatment, which only addresses pain and inflammation, spondylolisthesis surgery is intended to address the actual vertebral slippage that is causing the discomfort.
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive spondylolisthesis surgery as a treatment option for certain individuals who have not benefitted from conservative therapies. Our outpatient procedures use minimally invasive techniques and our patients are encouraged to get up and walk on the same day as their surgery.^ To learn more about spondylolisthesis treatment at Laser Spine Institute, contact us today.