Three common spondylolisthesis treatments
Spondylolisthesis treatment often starts with a series of conservative therapies, which can transition into spine surgery if the nonsurgical therapies prove ineffective. For many patients, a conversation about spondylolisthesis treatment options will begin after a physician diagnoses the condition. The physician can recommend treatments based on the cause and severity of the condition, as well as the patient’s lifestyle and medical history.
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with spondylolisthesis, take some time to review the spondylolisthesis treatment options available to you. While each spondylolisthesis treatment plan is tailored to a patient’s specific needs, there are three treatments that are commonly recommended for this condition. Familiarize yourself with these treatments so you can ask your physician if they are right for you:
- Pain medication — While pain medication does not treat spondylolisthesis itself, it does help reduce the pain while the body attempts to heal. This type of treatment works by blocking the sensory signals transferred between the pinched nerve, brain and associated arm or leg. By blocking these sensory signals, the pain and symptoms of spondylolisthesis can be temporarily relieved.
- Physical therapy — In some cases, if the damaged disc in the spine is not completely deteriorated, physical therapy can help to relieve pressure on the spine as the disc rebuilds. This types of spondylolisthesis treatment should always be monitored by a physical therapist to help prevent injury. By strengthening the core muscles surrounding the spine, the muscles can begin to support more of the body’s weight and help the spine to move back into alignment.
- Spine surgery — While some patients may find relief through several months of conservative spondylolisthesis treatment, others may require surgery to treat the damage within the spine. Your physician will likely recommend spine surgery if all other conservative treatments have been exhausted and you are still experiencing pain and other symptoms.
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive spine surgery as an alternative to traditional open neck and back surgery. Our minimally invasive procedures begin with a small incision in the back. Unlike the techniques used in traditional open spine surgery, our incision minimizes disruption of the muscles surrounding the spine, allowing our patients to have a shorter recovery time^ and lower risk of complication.
Once the spine is accessed, we will remove the deteriorated disc and insert a stabilizing implant in its place. This will restore the proper spacing between the two surrounding vertebrae and realign the spine.
To learn more about the advantages of our minimally invasive spondylolisthesis treatment, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We can provide you with a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive procedures.