Non-Surgical Spondylolisthesis Treatments
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 displacement, your overall health and other factors, your doctor may recommend a variety of treatment tactics, often starting with non-surgical strategies in an attempt to alleviate any discomfort.
Possible at-home treatment options
Common non-surgical spondylolisthesis treatment options include:
- A period of rest – Often not more than a few days
- Anti-inflammatory medications – To reduce swelling and pain
- Pain medicine – To help ease the discomfort
- A stabilization brace – To limit spine movement and ease pain
- Physical therapy and exercise – To help strengthen the muscles that support the spine
If these or other non-surgical strategies prove effective, there are other steps you can take to help prevent further damage, or prevent 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, and 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.
More advanced treatment options
Of course, if non-surgical 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. Our minimally invasive procedures provide an effective alternative to open spine surgical techniques, and often result in drastically reduced recovery times.
Contact Laser Spine Institute 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, enjoyable life.