Things to avoid with spondylolisthesis

Is stiffness in your neck or back or severe pain in these areas interfering with your everyday life? If so, it may be time to schedule an appointment with your doctor to see if you have spondylolisthesis. This degenerative spine condition occurs when a spinal vertebra slips in any direction, causing displacement of the vertebra. Most commonly found in the lumbar, or lower region of the spine, spondylolisthesis can make daily activities difficult if left untreated.

Spondylolisthesis is diagnosed based on a grading scale that evaluates the extent to which a vertebra has slipped, with grade 1 being the least slippage and grade 5 being 100 percent slippage. The higher the grade, the more symptoms you will likely experience as a result of your condition. However, just because you may have lower-grade spondylolisthesis does not mean you should avoid treatment, and even low-grade cases can lead to pain and nerve compression.

There are many conservative treatments that your doctor may recommend you start with to alleviate the pain of your condition. These may include epidural spinal injections, anti-inflammatory drugs, pain medication, physical therapy and low-impact exercise. There are also things your doctor may recommend that you avoid to prevent the exacerbation of your condition, including:

  • Sitting for prolonged periods of time
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Incorrect exercise techniques

If you are living with spondylolisthesis and have not found relief from your symptoms after weeks or months of conservative treatment, consider the minimally invasive surgery performed by Laser Spine Institute. We offer a number of different treatment options for spondylolisthesis as well as many other common spine conditions. To learn more about the minimally invasive procedures we offer, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We can even provide you with a free MRI review* to help determine if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient procedures.