How does spondylolisthesis happen?

Spondylolisthesis is a spinal condition in which one of the vertebrae slips out of place, which can result in pain and many other symptoms. This condition is graded on a scale of one to five, with five being the highest degree of slippage. No matter what grade of spondylolisthesis you have been diagnosed with, you are likely wondering how this condition developed in the first place.

There are a number of causes that can result in spondylolisthesis, with the most common being the natural degeneration of the spinal components as part of the aging process. As the vertebrae wear down, they can become more prone to fractures that can cause the bone to become unhinged or slip out of place. Other causes of spondylolisthesis include spinal tumors that may weaken the vertebrae, birth defects that cause a defective joint in the spine and sudden trauma or injury.

What treatment options are there for spondylolisthesis?

If you’ve been diagnosed with spondylolisthesis, you’ll want to learn about your treatment options. As a starting point, your physician will likely recommend a number of conservative treatments that you can explore. These may include:

  • Over-the-counter or prescription pain medications
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Hot and cold compresses
  • Physical therapy
  • Low-impact exercises
  • Limited periods of rest

For mild cases of spondylolisthesis, a combination of conservative therapies may be sufficient in addressing your symptoms. However, higher grades of spondylolisthesis, or more severe cases, may eventually require surgery. Individuals who are interested in receiving surgical treatment for spondylolisthesis can find out if they are candidates for minimally invasive surgery at Laser Spine Institute by receiving our free MRI review.* At Laser Spine Institute, we have helped tens of thousands of patients with various spinal conditions through our minimally invasive spinal procedures.

If you would like to learn more about how our outpatient procedures can help treat spondylolisthesis, contact Laser Spine Institute today.