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Spinal Disorder Profile: Spondylolisthesis

Last updated 6 years ago

Spondylolisthesis is a disorder which can occur in both children and adults. It can range from a mild condition, with minimal or no symptoms, to a severe condition, with intense pain and visible curvature in the spine. A back specialist can help diagnose and treat this condition at any stage.

What is Spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which one of the vertebrae located in the lower back shifts from its proper position. In children, the condition usually occurs between the fifth lumbar vertebra and the first bone in the pelvis. In adults, it occurs more frequently between the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae.

What Causes Spondylolisthesis?

In children, spondylolisthesis is usually caused by a birth defect or by trauma. In adults, arthritis, bone disease, and other degenerative diseases are most often the cause of spondylolisthesis. Activities which put a lot of stress on the bones, such as gymnastics, weight lifting, and football, can also put individuals at risk for traumatic or stress fractures of the lumbar vertebrae.

How Can Spondylolisthesis Be Prevented?

In some cases, spondylolisthesis is impossible to prevent. However, young people with back pain or swayed backs should avoid contact sports and activities which hyperextend the spine. An excessively curved back, chronic back pain, and discomfort in the thighs or buttocks can all be signs that you should talk to a back specialist about the prevention or treatment of spondylolisthesis.

How is Spondylolisthesis Treated?

Spondylolisthesis can be treated in a variety of ways. The treatment method chosen will depend upon the severity and cause of the condition, as well as the patient’s lifestyle. Anti-inflammatory medications can be effective for reducing pain, while a back brace or physical therapy can be used to strengthen and adjust the back. If these therapies are ineffective, surgery is an option, but there is a risk of nerve damage and other complications that you should discuss with a doctor.

If you are suffering from back pain, do not hesitate to visit a back specialist. At SpineOne, we diagnose and treat a variety of conditions using chiropractic therapy, massage, physical therapy, and surgery. Call us today at (303) 367-2225 to learn more.


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