What are the grade 1 spondylolisthesis treatment options that are available to me?

Characterized by the slippage of a vertebra out of its normal position, spondylolisthesis is a degenerative spine condition that produces bothersome symptoms that can make daily life difficult. Most often a byproduct of another degenerative condition caused by the body’s natural aging process, spondylolisthesis is classified using a grade 1 to 5 scale, with grade 1 signifying a slight slippage and grade 5 representing 100 percent slippage. Even if you’ve received a grade 1 diagnosis, treatment for your spondylolisthesis may be necessary if you are experiencing localized pain and stiffness or if the slippage has caused the spinal cord or a nearby nerve root to be pinched. This can result in additional symptoms such as radiating pain, loss of muscle function, tingling and numbness.

What are my grade 1 spondylolisthesis treatment options?

With a grade 1 diagnosis, your spondylolisthesis treatment options will include a variety of different therapies, including periods of rest, pain and anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy and hot/cold therapy. A brace to limit spine movement and help with stabilization may also be an option. Your physician might also suggest lifestyle modifications that could benefit your overall spine health, including:

  • Losing excess weight to lessen the strain on the spine
  • Eliminating tobacco use to improve blood flow
  • Improving posture
  • Avoiding heavy lifting and high-impact sports, which could lead to more issues

Additionally, some individuals choose to supplement the spondylolisthesis treatment choices recommended by their doctor with alternative options, including massage therapy, chiropractic manipulation, yoga, Pilates and acupuncture. However, the clinical effectiveness of alternative treatments is still being debated.

Spondylolisthesis treatment at Laser Spine Institute

If lifestyle modifications and conservative and alternative treatments don’t provide the relief you desire and you’ve decided to consider surgery, you may want to see if you are a candidate for outpatient surgery at Laser Spine Institute. We offer minimally invasive surgery as a spondylolisthesis treatment option that requires less than a 1-inch incision and utilizes muscle-sparing techniques that allow patients to be up and walking within a few hours of surgery.^ Contact Laser Spine Institute today if you would like to learn more about the treatments we offer.