Specialists for spondylolisthesis
If you have developed spondylolisthesis, which is the forward slippage of one vertebra over the vertebra beneath it, then you may be experiencing chronic lower back pain, nerve pain, numbness, weakness and tingling, causing a disruption to your daily routine. To reclaim your life from this debilitating condition, it is important to see a spine specialist to determine the grade of your slippage and the treatment most appropriate for your spine care needs. To learn about the types of spine specialists you should see for your condition as well as the treatments that may provide you with relief, read the following article.
Types of specialists for spondylolisthesis
There are a variety of specialists that can help you find lasting relief from spondylolisthesis, including:
- Chiropractors. A chiropractor can manipulate your spine through adjustments to help reduce the chronic pain and discomfort you may be experiencing. This is done by addressing the mechanical and neurological causes of the pain and addressing the joints above and below the slipped vertebra to improve range of motion. Chiropractic care may also be combined with other conservative methods like pain medication and hot and cold therapy for maximum relief.
- Physical therapists. A physical therapist can develop a treatment regimen consisting of various stretches and low-impact exercises such as swimming or biking. This can help to strengthen the abdominal muscles and spine as well as prevent further injury. Physical therapy can also help to increase flexibility if walking becomes painful or difficult with this condition.
- Rheumatologists. A rheumatologist is a type of doctor who treats conditions that develop in the joints, muscles, bone, ligaments and cartilage. To treat spondylolisthesis, spine specialists will often recommend treatments like pain medications and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
- Physiatrist. Also known as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physicians, a physiatrist helps reduce the pain associated with spondylolisthesis and assists with mobility. These doctors specialize in the brain, spinal cord, nerves or musculoskeletal system and can help patients suffering from debilitating spine pain recapture their quality of life from this condition.
- Orthopedic surgeons or neurosurgeons. An orthopedic surgeon addresses degenerative spine conditions caused by spinal injury, aging or disease and specializes in a branch of the musculoskeletal system. Neurosurgeons, on the other hand, specialize in disorders of the nervous system, such as the brain or spinal cord. In cases of spondylolisthesis, these surgeons can treat the compression associated with this condition.
If you have not found relief from conservative care, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn how our board-certified+ orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons can help you on the road to recovery.
Spondylolisthesis surgery at Laser Spine Institute
At Laser Spine Institute, we have helped thousands of patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain each year, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. Our small incisions and muscle-sparing techniques provide patients with a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^ To learn more about how our spondylolisthesis specialists can help you find the relief you have been searching for, reach out to our team today. Through a free MRI review,* we can determine if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient minimally invasive procedures.