Spondylolisthesis — conservative treatment methods for pain relief

Spondylolisthesis is a spine condition that describes the misalignment of the vertebrae in the spine, caused by age, injury, or other spine conditions. This condition most commonly occurs in the lumbar (lower back) portion of the spine and results in symptoms of pain and limited range of motion in the spine. If left untreated, this condition could result in difficulty performing daily tasks and an overall decrease in quality of life.

If you have been diagnosed with spondylolisthesis, you should consult your physician about the treatment options available to you. There are several treatment options to treat the condition and reduce the pain and side effects associated with spondylolisthesis. Your physician can discuss your options with you and help you find the best treatment regimen for your needs and your lifestyle.

Nonsurgical treatment for spondylolisthesis

Mild cases of spondylolisthesis may respond well to conservative treatments. Spondylolisthesis describes the occurrence of a vertebra in the spine slipping and moving in front of the vertebra below it. There are conservative treatment options that can help you realign your spine and strengthen the surrounding muscles to help keep the vertebrae in place.

The most common forms of conservative treatment for mild cases of spondylolisthesis include:

  • Chiropractic care — Chiropractors can help realign the spine through precise spinal manipulation. This may help decompress an impacted nerve caused by a vertebra moving out of its designated position in the spine.
  • Physical therapy — Physical therapy can offer specific exercises and stretches to build the muscles around the spine and increase mobility. When done in conjunction with chiropractic care, the spine can be straightened and the muscles around it can strengthen to hold everything in place.
  • Yoga — Much like physical therapy, yoga strengthens and stretches the core muscles in your back. Be sure to choose a yoga class that fits your needs and does not aggravate your condition with overexertion.

Consult your physician about finding the right treatment option for your needs. Many conservative treatment methods can be combined, and may also include pain medication and steroid epidurals. Certain cases of mild spondylolisthesis may be effectively treated by conservative methods.

Alternative treatment for spondylolisthesis

If you do not find lasting relief from conservative treatments, you may start considering an alternative treatment method for your spondylolisthesis.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back fusion. Our minimally invasive stabilization surgery targets the root cause of your spondylolisthesis and provides a minimally invasive solution. Our procedures are performed through a small, 1-inch incision. Each surgery is considered an outpatient procedure, which means our clients can go home the same day as the surgery is performed. We are confident our minimally invasive stabilization surgery can help you find lasting relief from your spondylolisthesis.