Nonsurgical treatments for spondylolisthesis
If you or someone you love is diagnosed with spondylolisthesis, treatment options vary from simple at-home measures to surgery. Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which one or more spinal vertebrae have destabilized, for any number of reasons, and slipped out of place. Depending on the degree of vertebral slippage, ranging from a slippage of less than 25 percent to a slippage of 100 percent, along with your overall health, your doctor may recommend a variety of treatment tactics. Typically, you may begin with the nonsurgical strategies described below to relieve your symptoms.
Possible at-home spondylolisthesis treatment options
Common nonsurgical spondylolisthesis treatment options include:
- A period of rest often not more than a few days
- Anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling and pain
- Pain medication to help ease the discomfort
- A stabilization brace to limit spinal movement and ease pain
- Physical therapy and exercise to help strengthen the muscles that support the spine
If these or other nonsurgical strategies prove effective, there are more steps you can take to help prevent further damage or other vertebrae from destabilizing as well. Your doctor may suggest ongoing gentle stretching and low-impact exercise to help strengthen your spine and possibly slow down degeneration.
Maintaining a healthy body weight and increasing your daily intake of vitamin D and calcium may also be part of your doctor’s recommendation. Also, if you smoke, your doctor may suggest that you quit, since the chemicals ingested when smoking tobacco are detrimental to the health of your spine. However, if nonsurgical treatments are not successful in alleviating your symptoms and you’ve decided to consider surgery, the team of experts at Laser Spine Institute is well-equipped to help.
More advanced spondylolisthesis treatment options
At Laser Spine Institute, our minimally invasive procedures offer a safer and effective alternative to open spine surgical techniques, as well as shorter recovery periods and lower risks of complication.^ Contact our dedicated team today to learn more about the spondylolisthesis treatment options we have available, and the many ways we can help you return to a more active and enjoyable life.
To relieve spondylolisthesis symptoms, our board-certified+ surgeons can perform a variety of minimally invasive decompression procedures to remove the damaged disc and alleviate the symptoms associated with this debilitating condition. To find out if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient procedures, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a free MRI review.*